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Lakers reserve big Jordan Hill needs hip surgery, out for season

Jan 11, 2013, 11:54 PM EDT

Jordan Hill, Kris Humphries AP

Friday night Jordan Hill showed up in street clothes to Staples Center and didn’t look good limping down the hall. Slowly. It hurt to watch him walk.

Turns out it was with good reason — he needs hip surgery and will be out for the season, the Lakers reported.

After seeing the team doctor and a hip specialist it was determined he had loose fragments as well as a possible labral tear, the Lakers announced. Basically, it makes it painful to walk, let alone run and jump. The only way to fix it is surgery that will cost him the rest of the season.

Nobody is going to confuse Hill with an elite big man, but when he would enter games for the Lakers and sub out the older, banged-up bodies of Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol, you saw a jump in energy. Hill hustled. The Lakers will miss that. They also are not exactly deep with quality along the front line and while Earl Clark has had a nice couple games this is a blow an already struggling team didn’t need.

  1. badintent - Jan 12, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    Now, Earl Clark is The Laker Bench.Better dial up the D-leaguers. I hope Hill makes a full recovery, only Laker that played tough D and hit some jumps for gravy

  2. BigBeachBall - Jan 12, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    Keeps getting better…

    • 00maltliquor - Jan 12, 2013 at 4:01 AM

      You’re horrible. I hope you really don’t mean that my man…..

  3. hojo20 - Jan 12, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    Dwight Howard was smiling during garbage time tonight. He doesn’t care.

  4. tiennguyen645 - Jan 12, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    Not in playoff anyway who care ?

    • spthegr8 - Jan 12, 2013 at 11:53 AM

      You type is broken english too?????

  5. showtimefolks007 - Jan 12, 2013 at 3:00 AM

    Get back healthy

    Is our 1st round pick lottery protected? Damn imagine if we keep loosing could we get a top 5 pick lol

    • eventhorizon04 - Jan 12, 2013 at 10:03 AM

      Lakers don’t have a first round pick in 2013. It’s going to either the Cavaliers (Ramon Sessions trade) or the Suns (Steve Nash trade), based on whether the Lakers make or miss the playoffs.

      2 trades for points guards the past 2 years mean the Lakers don’t have a first round pick.

  6. 00maltliquor - Jan 12, 2013 at 4:02 AM


  7. cantstoplebron6 - Jan 12, 2013 at 5:37 AM

    No playoffs this year

  8. jgray30 - Jan 12, 2013 at 7:26 AM

    I’m pretty sure they won’t have a 1st round pick til 2014 or 2015

  9. omniusprime - Jan 12, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    Sad that the Lakers have another big problem this season with Hill being out for the rest of the season. A real shame because Jordan provided much needed energy from the bench. The snakebitten Lakers just can’t buy a break this season. I hope Jordan a swift, complete recovery.

    Go Lakers>

  10. mickbong - Jan 12, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Lakers actually have their first round pick, but draft sucks

  11. paulhargis53 - Jan 12, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    They DON’T have the pick this year, it goes to Cleveland or Phoenix depending on where they are at. They actually ate w/o a 1st rounder until after 2017.

  12. paulhargis53 - Jan 12, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Whoops, am actually way off on the latter part of my post. They have pi ls in 14,15,16 left. I’m sure those will be traded away too though. 2014 is toast though.

    type in lakers future draft picks to see….

  13. nycalldayz - Jan 12, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    These guys can’t get a break.

  14. dalucks - Jan 12, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Kenyon Martin has just found employment.

  15. knickstape84 - Jan 12, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Lakerluver can kill himself now…. This team will be lucky to get an 8th seed. They are done. They are just a BAD team. And the problem was an still is Kobe. He should not be averaging 30 a game with the players on that lineup. He taking too many shots. Dwight should never only get 7 shots in a game while he jacked up 30. he is being effective but not let other guys get in rhythm. and Kobes defense is terrible. trying to play passing lane defense has never been his game. This team is done till Kobe changes his attitude a lil bit. let those other guys get in rhythm stop forcing shots even if you are hitting or being efficient. the other guys have to get an offensive rhythm so they can be more engaged on defense.

  16. themagicfanguy - Jan 12, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Looks like the Suns get another lottery pick, Lakers will be lucky to win another 15 games.

  17. mazblast - Jan 12, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    Hill is and will never be a superstar, but he hustles, which is more than you can say for the starters. High energy, works darned hard.

    Have your surgery, do your rehab, come back ready for next year, and look at the bright side, Jordan–You don’t have to watch every minute of every Laker game the rest of this disastrous season.

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