Lakers injury list keeps on growing

first_imgWhether Radmanovic’s injury emboldens the Lakers to make a move before Thursday’s trading deadline remains to be seen. “It doesn’t really affect a whole lot,” Kupchak said. “I think of more concern right now is where we are with Luke because he was close to returning before the break. With Luke back, I think we’re versatile enough to make it through the end of the season.” Kupchak said he wouldn’t look to add a forward, but said of the overall picture: “Does it increase the urgency as far as making a deal? I don’t know. We have a pretty good idea of what we want to do if we can do it.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! He returned to Los Angeles on Sunday where he was examined by team doctors. Radmanovic underwent an MRI and CT scan Monday that confirmed the separated shoulder, the team said. The timing couldn’t be worse for the Lakers, who already were without two injured starters in Walton and Kwame Brown, and need a victory Wednesday against Portland to avoid the first six-game losing streak of Phil Jackson’s coaching career. The Lakers couldn’t even make it out of the All-Star break unscathed as forward Vladimir Radmanovic suffered a separated right shoulder when he fell on a patch of ice in Park City, Utah, on Saturday. Radmanovic, who was starting in place of the injured Luke Walton, is expected to miss approximately eight weeks, a timetable that would cost him more than 25 games and keep him out until the final week of the regular season. center_img “It seems like we’ve had at least our fair share (of injuries),” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said. “It’s something that all teams go through. Maybe we’ve had a little bit of an extra dose. But there’s nothing you can do about it. It’s part of the equation.” The Lakers are hopeful that Walton will be able to return from his sprained right ankle in the coming week, with team spokesman John Black saying Walton made “slight progress” this weekend and might try to practice today as the team reconvenes. last_img