Lakers guard Xavier Henry has battled various injuries in his two-year tenure with the team, and his knee troubles have head coach Byron Scott wondering if he can ever be the same player again.
From the Los Angeles Daily News’ Mark Medina:
“He’s not that explosive guy he used to be,” Scott said. “I don’t know if that will come back or not.”
“I loved his athleticism and the fact that he could attack the basket,” said Scott, who also raved about Henry’s passing and shooting. “His relentlessness to attack the basket contributed to the injuries as well.”
For his part, Henry doesn’t believe he has to change the way he plays.
“I don’t think I have to adjust my game,” said Henry, who appeared in his second D-League assignment on Saturday. “You can turn an ankle like this. For me, my strength is being able to go where I need to go using my power, speed and aggressiveness.”
Henry averaged 10 points per game last season for the Lakers. This year, he’s averaging just 2.2 points in a career-low 9.6 minutes per game. He’s missed four games and spent some time in the D-League. The Lakers are 3-10 and have limited backcourt scoring options outside of Kobe Bryant and Nick Young. A healthy Henry won’t turn the team around, but he’ll help.