It’s more bad news for the struggling Los Angeles Lakers.
ESPN reports that Lakers forward Jordan Hill likely will miss the remainder of the 2012 NBA season due to a hip injury.
According to a team release, Hill underwent testing Friday, revealing the forward-center has “loose fragments in addition to a possible labral tear.”
As a result, the 25-year-old athlete has been advised that surgery will be needed to repair the injury, and he will be out for the rest of the year.
Hill, who suffered the injury during his team’s 105-112 loss to the Denver Nuggets on January 6, is expected to get a second opinion before he schedules surgery.
“I’m definitely heartbroken,” Hill said
ESPN notes that Hill’s recovery period would be approximately six months.
“It took a while to process; I’ve never been out this long,” Hill said about hearing the news of how long he will be sidelined following surgery. “It hit me hard, and it’s still hitting me.”
Prior to his injury, Jordan Hill was having the best season of his career.
Having inked a two-year deal worth approximately $7 million with the Lakers in the offseason, Hill was averaging 6.7 points and 5.7 rebounds in just 15.8 minutes playing time.
He was also making 49.7 percent of his shots from the field and 65.6 percent of his shots from the free throw line.
With Hill out for the season, the Lakers (15-21) will probably turn to Earl Clark and Antawn Jamison.