The Los Angeles Lakers' disappointing start to the 2014-15 NBA season was hardly unexpected heading into the campaign but the famous franchise hasn't exactly been helped by injury.
The struggling franchise has seen the likes of Steve Nash ruled out for the entire season, Nick Young is only recently back from a broken hand while improving role player Ryan Kelly is likely out until the New Year.
And now Lakers head coach Byron Scott has raised fears that another player with recent injury troubles may struggle to reach the heights previously achieved, ushering in suggestions a change of style may be required.
"He's not that explosive guy he used to be...I don't know if that will come back."
Speaking to the media this week Scott was far from positive about the long-term prognosis for perennially injured shooting guard, and former first round pick, Xavier Henry.
"He's not that explosive guy he used to be," explained Scott. "I don't know if that will come back or not."
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Tough few years
Henry underwent season ending surgery back in April 2014 in a bid to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist as well as a cartilage issue in his right knee. He has appeared in nine games for the Lakers this season but is well below career averages and has most recently been battling to prove his fitness while assigned to the Los Angeles D-Fenders.
He was the 12th overall pick in 2010 courtesy of the Memphis Grizzlies and entered the league with high expectations. And Byron Scott is clearly a fan of what he had to offer:
"I loved his athleticism and the fact that he could attack the basket.
"His relentlessness to attack the basket contributed to the injuries as well."
Aged just 23 it is surely too early to right of his potential all together but Xavier Henry is certainly not in a position right now to offer much help as the Lakers seek to overturn a 3-11 start. And unfortunately for him it looks like Byron Scott is already half way there on making his mind up on the five-year star, even with the limited back court options at the Staples Center beyond Nick Young and kobe Bryant.
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