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Lakers' Russell Westbrook suffers hamstring injury after coming off the bench against Kings

Los Angeles Lakers' Russell Westbrook dribbles the ball during first half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

AP Photo/ Jae C. Hong

)) ) ) ) ) ) Guard Russell Westbrook is ruled out for the remainder of Friday’s preseason game against the Sacramento Kings with a left hamstring injury, the Los Angeles Lakers announced.

Near the end of the first quarter, Westbrook was seen limping off the court and into the locker room. He came off the bench with 7:27 left.

Earlier on Friday, the Lakers announced that Westbrook would come off the bench, which is Westbrook’s own Something that hasn’t been done since his rookie season (2008-09). Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn

ESPN reports @Mcten : Lakers plan to bring in Russell Westbrook tonight Came off the bench in the final preseason game against the Kings (ESPN, 10:00 ET). Darwin Ham and Westbrook have been exploring the possibility of Westbrook being the second quarterback, and they will give it a shot tonight.

Head coach Darwin Hamm gave an explanation.

Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes Los Angeles Lakers head coach Darwin Ham to Russell Westbrook coming off the bench tonight: “This It’s not a downgrade; it’s a readjustment.”

He also made it clear that Westbrook is taking his stride, while noting that no final decision has been made in the regular season:

Mike Trudell @LakersReporter

Darvin Ham tries Westbrook off the bench: ‘He’s always been a pro. He totally gets it.’ He said, ‘Yeah, coach, whatever you What do you need me to do. “

To get him to trust us and some of the records we’re trying to do — he’s in that part of the rotation — my hat has passed him.

Mike Trudell @LakersReporter

Ham added: “Russ started with the gates open – we need to explore further. We’re not at the finish line, we’re at the start line.”

If Weiss With Brook forced to miss some games, the Lakers could have a tough start to the season. Los Angeles opens the regular season against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday, already facing the prospect of missing Dennis Schroder (right) with a finger injury), According to Shams Charania of Stadium and Athletics, made an appearance at the rally at Bally Sports. [email protected] “The Lakers do have some concerns that this could cause long-term damage to him.”

NBA Insider @ShamsCharania reports on Dennis Schroder’s finger injury and an update on Russell Westbrook coming off the bench. If Westbrook and Schroder are out, it’s Patrick Beverley’s onus to help control the backcourt. Rookie Max Christie, who was in the starting lineup Friday, could also see more work. So did Kendrick Nunn. At present, as the regular season approaches, the Lakers will wait and see Westbrook’s injury prognosis.



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