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Luke Walton re-injures hamstring, out for second half

Lukewalton_275 Forward Luke Walton re-aggravated his right hamstring in the first half of the Lakers' game against the Golden State Warriors tonight and didn't return to play in the exhibition game in Ontario.

Walton played only 4 minutes 30 seconds in the first half before he was injured. He had not scored.

Walton missed the first six exhibition games with a strained right hamstring. He played in his first exhibition game Thursday night in San Diego against the Warriors.

With Walton again injured, his availabilty for Tuesday night's season opener at Staples Center against the Houston Rockets is questionable.

Walton spent the summer recovering from a pinched nerve in his back through a series of rehabilitation methods, including yoga.

But a few days into training camp, Walton suffered the hamstring injury that continues to bother him.

Walton has two more years on his contract after this season that pays him a total of $11.48 million.

-- Broderick Turner

Photo: Lakers forward Luke Walton tries to cut off the drive of Warriors forward David Lee in an exhibition game Thursday night in San Diego. Credit: Lenny Ignelzi / Associated Press

 
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Damn Luke - I'm holding up the "Luke is gonna be O.K." bandwagon and BAM! Here we go again. Get well quick, mug.

It looks like Walton and Bynum are out, and Ebanks and Caracter in for opening night roster. Caracter had a kind of break through game tonight. Good for him and Lakers. Oh Shannon!!! He is a new Laker outside threat. All of his work during the summer will pay off once the season begins.

2 more years of Luke....ho hum!

Dude...Luke what can you say, needs time to completely heal. Should shut it down for a while.

Luke needs liquid sea minerals, essential fatty acids and STRETCHING now more than ever.
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Come on, Luke! Don't make me write another haiku about you.
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What do we play for? RINGS!!!
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Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.
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GO LAKERS!!!!

Luke is more injury prone than his dad. He is a skilled player but I don't see the Lakers bringing him back after his contract is up, and maybe even looking to move him before that. He has been pretty much dead weight for the past three years.

A hamstring injury to the team's 5th best small forward is not news.

But they need not do that.


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