Skip to main content
Larry Brown Sports Tagline. Brown Bag it, Baby.
#pounditWednesday, June 19, 2024

Lakers get bad injury news on top defender

The Lakers logo at half court

Apr 22, 2023; Los Angeles, California, USA; The Los Angeles Lakers logo at center court during game three of the 2023 NBA playoffs at Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Coming off their biggest win of the season, the Los Angeles Lakers are getting a bit of a damper.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported Friday that Lakers forward Jarred Vanderbilt is expected to miss several weeks with a right mid-foot injury. Wojnarowski adds that further evaluation is also to come to determine if Vanderbilt will miss even more time.

Vanderbilt, 24, is one of the Lakers’ leading defenders along with Anthony Davis. He plays with energy and physicality and was a significant driving force behind the team’s stunning upset win over the Celtics in Boston on Thursday (despite not having either Davis or LeBron James).

But Vanderbilt, who had already missed extended time to start the season with heel and back injuries, came up hobbling while going after the ball late in the second quarter. The non-contact nature of his injury was especially concerning too.

The 6-foot-8 Vanderbilt in the starting lineup was a major catalyst for the Lakers’ surprising Western Conference Finals berth last season. But with Vanderbilt now out for several weeks or more, the Lakers take a big hit to their defense and rebounding. This news may also inform their decision-making ahead of next week’s trade deadline (as they already have some interesting reported plans there).


Subscribe and Listen to the Podcast!

Sports News Minute Podcast
comments powered by Disqus