Laker’s forward Jordan Hill will be out for the season due to a hip injury, the team announced during Friday night’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Hill was examined by team doctor Steve Lombardo and hip specialist Dr. Jason Snibbe. He underwent an arthrogram test on Friday.
According to the Lakers, the arthrogram test showed loose fragments in addition to a possible labral tear. Hill has been advised to undergo surgery, and his is expected to be out for the remainder of the season.
Hill will seek a second opinion prior to undergoing surgery, but that appears to be a mere formality, given the results of the arthrogram.
With Hill expected to miss the remainder of the season, emerging forward Earl Clark appears to have an opportunity to play more minutes even after the battered front court duo of Pau Gasol (concussion) and Dwight Howard (shoulder) returns from injury.
The Lakers have lost Steve Nash, Steve Blake, and Gasol to extended injuries this season. With Howard currently on the shelf and Hill now out for the season, the Lakers appear to be a cursed team with regards to injuries.
Even Lakers’ coach Mike D’Antoni was out with injury and initially delayed taking over the Lakers’ coaching job.
Kobe Bryant is the only Laker to start every game for the Lakers this season. Metta World Peace is the only other Laker to play in every Lakers game this season.
When it rains, it pours, and the injuries have been raining down on the Lakers all season long.