Less than a week into camp, the injuries are already starting to pile up. At Lakers camp in Hawaii, No. 2 pick D'Angelo Russell is playing through a bone bruise on his right foot that’s causing him some pain in workouts.
From the Los Angeles Times‘ Mike Bresnahan:
Russell made it through the morning practice session with a bone bruise on the bottom of his right foot, though the Lakers weren’t sure if he would sit out the afternoon session, or maybe even Friday’s practice.
Russell tried to downplay the soreness and knocked an iPhone out of Roy Hibbert‘s hands when his teammate tried to snap a picture of the foot.
But then Russell had a pertinent question for a Lakers employee who told him it was time to talk to reporters.
“Do I have to stand up?” he said.
He didn’t. He sat in a padded chair while media members circled around him.
Russell said he needed to ice the foot more often after practices.
“It’s like when I stop, it tightens up,” Russell said. “It’s just a bruise. It’s all good. We’ll figure out some different ways around it.”
It doesn’t sound too serious, but for a player trying to transition from college to the NBA, especially one with as much of a spotlight on him as Russell, any injury sucks. The Lakers are going to need him to be a star right away if they’re going to compete for a playoff spot. Hopefully this is just a short-term thing that doesn’t limit him too much.