Wayne Ellington given leave by Lakers after father's shooting death

The Lakers have been forced to make a swift decision to help Ellington  (©GettyImages)

Los Angeles Lakers have been dealt a blow after it was revealed that shooting guard Wayne Ellington has been placed on an indefinite leave of absence following the death of his father.

In the terrible circumstances, the move is the right one and will offer Ellington the best chance to grieve for his father following the untimely and unruly way he was taken from this world.

Naturally, the 26-year-old baller has been left devastated by the news of his father’s loss. Shot and killed in Philadelphia on Saturday night, Wayne Ellington was found slumped in his car on Sunday in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, before he was later pronounced dead, according to reports.

Words of support

Earlier that day, Wayne Ellington had actually received a text from his father wishing him luck in the Lakers next game, as the storied franchise tried to seal their first win of the new NBA season.

Earlier that day, Ellington had sent a text message to his son, encouraging him. His father text, “Ball hard! Get the first win tonight.” The Lakers did indeed ‘ball hard’ and beat the Charlotte Hornets 107-92, with Ellington contributing nine points off the bench. But now, that all seems quite trivial.

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Putting things into perspective 

These woes for Ellington put the Lakers’ woes as a franchise into perspective. The Lakers lost their first five games of the NBA season before the win against Charlotte, before going down to another defeat at the Memphis Grizzlies last night.

The 1-6 start to the NBA season has resulted in fans and certain parts of the media questioning whether Lakers’ coach Byron Scott is really up to the job of coaching the storied franchise. But those problems are on the back burner for now as the news of this tragedy takes hold, with the Lakers sending out this message of prayer to Ellington and his family.

“Our players are upset for their friend and teammate. Additionally, ownership and all Lakers employees are also saddened by this tragedy," the Lakers said in a statement.

"Those of us who work with and have gotten to know Wayne have come to know what a wonderful and caring person he is. Our hearts go out to Wayne and his family, as do our thoughts and prayers.”

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