Sunday night, while the Lakers were playing division rival the Phoenix Suns, Larry Nance Jr hit the back of his head in the first quarter while chasing a loose ball.
Mike Trudell, the Lakers sideline reporter, reported midgame than Nance suffered a concussion. The young big man did not return to the game and will miss Tuesday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks. He will be reevaluated after that.
The Lakers will surely miss Nance’s hustle and effort. But the young team is deep. Julius Randle may play extra minutes, Brandon Ingram may get time, or Thomas Robinson may see some time while Nance recovers. Likely a combination of all 3. But what’s important is Nance’s long term health is safe, for on court and off court reasons