January 1, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Jordan Hill (27) reacts to a missed shot in the first half of the game against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Jordan Hill Could Still Return to Lakers This season

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Los Angeles Lakers back up center Jordan Hill was expected to miss the remainder of the season after undergoing hip surgery, but there is now new life and hope that the Lakers reserve could return this year if the Lakers stay alive long enough.

Hill has been making rapid improvements and is still a few weeks away from returning, however, the possibility remains.

From Dave McMenamin of ESPN:

Hill will begin running with 70 percent of his body weight, according to the team. He will gradually increase the weight on the treadmill, barring any setbacks, and be cleared for full weight-bearing running and jumping exercises once he reaches 100 percent.

The team estimates it would take another 3-4 weeks of on-court basketball drills before Hill will be able to resume playing in games.

Hill was having the best season of his career and provided the Lakers with necessary depth behind Dwight Howard. Hill was a very high energy guy that the Lakers would love to see return to their line up for a postseason run.

He averaged 6.7 points and 5.7 rebounds in 15.8 minutes per game this season.

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