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Jordan Hill might return from ‘season-ending’ surgery

Apr 11, 2013, 9:17 PM EDT

Denver Nuggets' Koufos fouls Los Angeles Lakers' Hill during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

Jordan Hill underwent what was deemed season-ending surgery in January, but if the Lakers advance deep enough in the playoffs, Hill might return this year. Dave McMenamin of ESPN:

Hill will begin running with 70 percent of his body weight, according to the team. He will gradually increase the weight on the treadmill, barring any setbacks, and be cleared for full weight-bearing running and jumping exercises once he reaches 100 percent.

The team estimates it would take another 3-4 weeks of on-court basketball drills before Hill will be able to resume playing in games.

Hill, who averaged 6.7 points and 5.7 rebounds in 15.8 minutes per game, was having his best season when he injured his hip. He’s especially valuable to the Lakers, who lack a quality backup center behind Dwight Howard, as illustrated by the team’s numbers when Howard was on the bench:

  • Before Hill’s injury: +4.4 points per 100 possessions
  • After Hill’s injury: –4.9 points per 100 possessions

The Lakers will probably need to rely heavily on Howard to advance far enough that Hill can return, but if that somehow happens, they can safely give Howard a little more rest.

  1. lakerluver - Apr 11, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Good, that means he will be ready for the 2nd round of the playoffs….Yeah, I said 2nd round.

  2. norvturnersneck - Apr 11, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Too bad they won’t make the 2nd round.

    • zacksdad - Apr 12, 2013 at 12:01 AM

      Yep, I like the Lakers. But for them just to make the playoffs they need to probably win Sunday. And if they win Sunday, they might knock the Spurs to the second seed. Then they would probably get clobbered by the Thunder.

      But I will still hope for them to make the playoffs and then beat who ever they need to.

  3. 00maltliquor - Apr 12, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    HELL yeah! That’s what’s up!!!

  4. saint1997 - Apr 12, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    That stat is a little warped by Dwights improved play through the season but I see the point

  5. savvybynature - Apr 12, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    “if the Lakers advance deep enough in the playoffs, Hill might return this year.”

    So basically you are saying that Hill’s injury was indeed season ending. Bummer. He was playing pretty well.

  6. badintent - Apr 12, 2013 at 2:51 AM

    He will start running with only 70% of his body weight ? Huh ? they’re gonna castrate him? Is he running in a pool ? If he does come back, he’ll be the only Laker playing defense. Like his game, wish we had him back in Knick Nation.

  7. paulhargis53 - Apr 12, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    lakerslurper is hoping like hell they can somehow make it past the 2nd round. Otherwise, he is off this site forever.

    I expect others to shame him daily if he doesn’t keep his word. Or, he can quit being a chickens***, and meet me when I go to L.A. so we can discuss our differences in person.
    He’s too much of a coward to do the latter though.

    • 00maltliquor - Apr 12, 2013 at 7:24 PM

      It’s going down to the wire paulhar…kobeLUVER24!

      As we currently sit, BOS is 40-38 LAL is 42-37

      It’s been fun.

      -sidenote…I don’t think LL even lives in CA, let alone LA

  8. omniusprime - Apr 12, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    It would be great if the Lakers can get deep enough into the playoffs to get Jordan Hill back this season. If the Lakers are lucky they’ll get the ancient Spurs in the first round. If the Lakers could get the worthless celtics in the first round they’d sweep the series in 4 games since the ancient incompetent celtics are the worst team in the playoffs.

    Get Well Soon Jordan Hill!!!

    • mazblast - Apr 12, 2013 at 9:31 AM

      Why are you fixated on the Celtics? Neither the Lakers nor the Celtics are going to get anywhere near meeting in “The Finals”. I doubt that either will make it out of the first round–unless David Stern wills it so.

  9. paulhargis53 - Apr 12, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    That’s a good dog omnius, you know not to mouth off to me anymore.

  10. stephenolszewski - Apr 12, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    If the Lakers get OKC first round Hill won’t even have a chance to comeback

  11. jimsjam33 - Apr 14, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    No playoffs for Lakers this year .

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