Lonnie Walker misses the Lakers’ game against the Trail Blazers due to soreness in his left foot.
The Los Angeles Lakers made the announcement that Lonnie Walker IV would miss Wednesday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers due to soreness in his left foot just before tip-off.
With Austin Reaves and Dennis Schroder filling in for Walker and Troy Brown Jr., the Lakers were down two starters due to injuries to their left feet.
The Lakers were just about to regain full strength with Patrick Beverley’s return from suspension when the unfortunate injuries occurred.
Walker did not play against the Trail Blazers, but head coach Darvin Ham stated that the severity of the injury will be assessed again on Thursday morning.
Walker missed two games last month because of illness, but this is his first injury this year. Averaging 16.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 1.9 assists while shooting 47.7% from the field and 36.3% from 3-point range this season, the guard has started each of the 17 games he’s participated in for the Lakers.
The Lakers are hoping that Kemba Walker will be able to play again on their upcoming road trip because he has been their third-best player and most reliable scorer outside of LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
This Friday, the Lakers go for a six-game journey that includes games against the Milwaukee Bucks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Philadelphia 76ers, and Toronto Raptors, among other difficult opponents.
Walker said he wants to remain with the Lakers for the long run.
Walker, who joined the Lakers this past offseason on a one-year deal as their mid-level exception, is aiming to perform well enough to remain with the team in the long run.
Walker told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin in an interview, “I’m here for a year.” I want to stay here as long as I can. So what must I do to get that goal? Being committed, disciplined, and simply stacking the days while being the best version of myself will get me there.