December 21, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers small forward Xavier Henry (7) shoots the ball against Golden State Warriors small forward Andre Iguodala (9, center) and power forward David Lee (10) during the second quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Mike D’Antoni calls Xavier Henry ‘sore,’ says he could be out ‘a couple years’


During the Los Angeles Lakers’ 111-104 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers Sunday night, swingman Xavier Henry left the game with a right knee strain.

On Monday, Lakers’ head coach Mike D’Antoni made a pretty funny comment when asked about Henry’s status.

“He’s sore, but we hope it’s not bad,” D’Antoni told Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles. But, being a point guard, we don’t know. He might be out a couple years.”

D’Antoni, is of course, talking about the crazy rash of injuries the Lakers have had.

Point guard Steve Nash is out with a strained back and elbow and his backup, Steve Blake has a torn right ligament in his elbow. Kobe Bryant, who often brings the ball up is out with a left tibial plateau fracture. Plus, Jordan Farmar missed Monday’s practice with a left hamstring injury. He is, however, expected to play when the Lakers take on the Milwaukee Bucks Tuesday.

Henry, who the Memphis Grizzlies selected with the 12th overall pick in the 2010 draft. Henry has been a pleasant surprise for the Lakers, averaging 10.1 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 21.8 minutes per game.

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