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Luke Walton may be done for season

Feb 15, 2010, 6:39 PM EDT

nba_walton_250.jpgWhat is it about the Walton family and injuries?

Luke Walton’s pinched nerve in his back is acting up and not only is he going to miss Tuesday’s game against Golden State, he may be done for the season, says the OC Register’s Kevin Ding. He has been officially moved to the team’s inactive list with no timetable for a return, according to a team report.

The good news for the Lakers is Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum practiced with the team Monday and are both expected to play Tuesday.

Walton was expected to be a key contributor off the bench for the Lakers in the playoffs, he is the one player on the second unit that works well within the triangle offense. He also is an underrated defender. But back problems have limited him to just 24 games this season, and it looks like that is it.

Does that put pressure on the Lakers to make a trade deadline move? Phil Jackson said no after practice, it does not force them to. But the Lakers really have to be thinking about it now.

  1. dave in hillsboro - Feb 15, 2010 at 7:43 PM

    I blame Tony Allen.

  2. sT - Feb 15, 2010 at 8:29 PM

    This is bad news for the Lakers for sure, Walton kept the 2nd unit going within the triangle offense when he was in. He is not an All-Star, but he is a great utility player for them, they will suffer without him in the lineup, I am sad about this news.

  3. lakeshow008 - Feb 15, 2010 at 9:10 PM

    wow. Luke is such a BUST. Overpaid and USELESS (no pun intended).

  4. Kareem - Feb 16, 2010 at 9:46 AM

    Runs in the family?

  5. Jesus Kounick - Feb 20, 2010 at 4:49 AM

    Very interesting read. Thanks.

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