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Luke Walton out a minimum of six weeks

November 16, 2009 |  6:41 pm
Word just arrived from the Lakers' Media Relations Department.  Luke Walton, who missed last night's game Luke Walton vs. Utah against Houston with a back injury, met with a specialist and was diagnosed with a pinched nerve.  The injury is expected to sideline him for at least six weeks. 

Given how the mere mention of Walton's name sparks "pitchforks and torches" hysteria in this particular corner of the blogosphere, I'm not going to bother breaking down the impact of this absence.  I imagine whatever I said will be drowned out by the "sound" of reader debate.  I'll just leave it at this: It ain't a good thing.  I'm not saying the Lakers can't win without Walton.  That would be ridiculous.  But I do think he'll be missed on some level, especially with other guys dinged up.   

My extended practice report will be up ASAP.