Los Angeles Lakers power forward Julius Randle will be out of action for a minimum of two weeks after suffering a hand injury during practice on Tuesday.
According to the Lakers, he lacerated the webbing between his middle and ring finger on his right hand, fortunately for Randle his non-shooting hand, which required seven stiches.
Thankfully, the injury should only keep him out for a couple of weeks, with the team set to re-evaluate him in a fortnight to see if he is ready to resume practice.
This injury should therefore not impact Randle too greatly, as he is expected to return to full fitness before LA’s training camp begins towards the end of September.
He cannot be too pleased with the timing however, as this is a crucial season which may define whether he extends his time in Los Angeles or is moved on to another franchise.
His 2015-16 numbers certainly showed a lot of promise, averaging more than a double-double in points and rebounds and leading the Lakers in rebounds by more than doubling any other squad member, with a total of 829.
But although it is his third season in the NBA, it will feel like the second for Randle, who saw his rookie year cruelly ended by injury just 14 minutes into his league debut after suffering a broken leg.
Therefore, this is an extremely important season for the youngster as the Lakers now have a new coach in the form of Luke Walton, and Randle will need to impress the new coaching staff from the start if he wants to keep his place in the starting five.