The Los Angeles Lakers’ injury woes continued last night when top prospect Julius Randle broke his leg in the season opener with Houston.
The blow was another dark moment in a pitch black few years that have seen the Lakers’ key men struck down by horrific injuries. With Kobe Bryant having just returned from a stop-start horror two seasons, there was a slight air of cautious optimism in the Lakers camp.
However, this optimism quickly evaporated on Thursday of last week when it was confirmed that Steve Nash would miss the entire season due to nerve damage in his back. Many have questioned whether the guard will ever return.
Injuries to key cogs aside, the Lakers came into Tuesday’s opener with the belief that they could get something from the game against Dwight Howard and co.
Big things were expected of No. 7 Draft pick Julius Randle. Sadly, his dream turned into a nightmare when the 19-year-old had to leave the game on a stretcher. It has since been confirmed that he fractured his right tibia.
The Lakers went on to suffer a 108-90 loss at the Staples Center, and after just one regular season game, the future looks bleak for Kobe Bryant and co.
James Harden top scored for the Rockets with 32 points, while KB24 had to settle for 19.
Richard Barrett, Pundit Arena.