For most Laker fans it has been a very long summer. Very little news has trickled out from the Lakers, and the only basketball that has been watchable has been in the form of the Olympics. There was some good news today from Laker land, as Larry Nance Jr was back to work on the court.
After a scary wrist injury during Summer League that many believed was a fracture, it turned out to only be sprain, and left him on the sideline for a month rather than 2-3 months. After taking a month off to heal, Larry Nance Jr was able to put some work in with Robbie Haught today.
Training Camp Approaches
With training camp a little over a month away, it’s important that the Lakers are all healthy and ready to go. It is still unknown when training camp will start. It will be in El Segundo this year rather than Honolulu as it was last season. Last season’s training camp started the last week of September, so it is likely it will start around the same time. Currently all but Timofey Mozgov are fully healthy heading into camp. The hotly debated center strained his groin while playing for the Russian national team in Tbilisi, Georgia during a friendly.
Lakers center Timofey Mozgov will have an MRI exam tomorrow after sustaining groin injury Friday while playing for Russia against Ukraine.
— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) August 12, 2016
It is still unknown how long he will be out, though it doesn’t sound too serious. What is known is that this injury is unrelated to his knee injury that he missed extensive time for last season.
With Larry Nance Jr back in the swing of things, the young core continues to work its tail off. As Larry stated in a recent podcast with Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders:
“All of us saw that ESPN came out and said ‘Oh, you guys are supposed to finish last in the Western Conference.’ We all kind of scoffed at that because I think we’re going to be better than people think we are”
The entire young core seems to be on the same page in terms of wanting to prove the critiques wrong. Only time will tell if that will be the case. With the work they have put in all summer, it won’t surprise me if we see a younger, stronger, and more fit core this coming season.
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