The Xavier Henry situation has been a tough one. The 22-year-old was originally thought to be out for just 7-10 days after being diagnosed with a bone bruise in December, yet Henry’s knee still hasn’t healed and his timetable was altered dramatically today.
According to a tweet from the official Los Angeles Lakers Twitter account, Henry will have his troublesome right knee drained today and will receive a cortisone shot.
This means Henry will be out for a further four weeks.
This season really has been a nightmare for Laker fans. Just as it didn’t seem that this year could be as bad injury-wise as the 2012-13 season, the purple and gold have been hit by injuries from the get-go and just as one guy gets healthy, another gets injured (or re-injured).
For Henry, this whole situation has to be ultra-frustrating.
After being taken with the 12th overall pick in the 2012 draft, Henry was branded a bust as he failed to carve out a niche with the Memphis Grizzlies or New Orleans Hornets.
However, in 31 games for the Lakers this season, Henry put up solid numbers with averages of 10.1 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.1 steals per game while shooting just under 34 percent from three-point range.
Henry is set to be a free agent this season and would probably be heading for a decent pay day if it wasn’t for this setback.
At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Lakers decided to re-sign Henry this summer to a similar contract.
For now, though, Henry just needs to focus on getting healthy.