How Much Pressure Does Jordan Hill’s Back Injury Put on Dwight Howard for L.A.?

October 9th, 2012 by Stephen Babb Leave a reply »
If the Los Angeles Lakers had any plans of easing Dwight Howard into action with limited minutes early on, those plans just got a bit more complicated.

That's not to say it won't happen, but head coach Mike Brown won't find it quite as easy to sit Howard for long stretches with big man Jordan Hill's status now in question (via the Orange County Register's Kevin Ding):

Bad news for Lakers bench. Jordan Hill has herniated disk in his back. Will be re-evaluated in a week.

— KEVIN DING (@KevinDing) October 9, 2012 It's still unclear what the injury means for Hill's availability, but we can safely assume it won't mean anything good.

At first glance, Hill's absence might not seem like a big deal. When compared to the other names on this roster, his doesn't stand out. The 25-year-old saw limited action with the Lakers after being acquired from the Houston Rockets, averaging under 12 minutes a game behind Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol.

Nevertheless, Hill's more important than meets the eye.

There's a reason GM Mitch Kupchak was willing to give the little-used post presence $8 million over the course of ...

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