Lakers News: Lonnie Walker IV, Troy Brown Jr. Practice Hurt – All Lakers

Two new additions to the perimeter of your Los Angeles Lakers are struggling with nagging injuries that will limit what they can do during the team’s official training camp, which begins tomorrow at El’s practice facilities. Segunda in Los Angeles.

Lonnie Walker IV, most recently from the San Antonio Spurs, and former Chicago Bull Troy Brown Jr. arrived in free agency this summer as the team shuffled its roster.

Kyle Goon of the Southern California Press Group tweet that team president Rob Pelinka indicated in media day comments to the press today that Brown, tied to a minimum one-year veteran contract this offseason, will not be able to absorb contact in training “for a while” due to lingering back injury.

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Pelinka also reveals that Walker, who signed a one-year, $6.5 million contract this summer, is struggling with an ankle injury. By Goon (by Twitter), Walker himself notes that he is again able to cut the basket on the ankle in question, as well as resume his “run and jump” during practices. It looks like Walker will be close to completing his rehab.

Both players have significant advantages as athletes, however, as below-average three-point shooters, neither will help clear the ground for stars LeBron James, Anthony Davis or Russell Westbrook to operate. in the painting. The 6’4″ Walker is at least a somewhat competent three-point shooter, connecting on 34.3% of his 3.6 attempts during his four-year NBA career. The 6’6 Brown “hit 33.7% of his triple 2.0s one night.

Thus, these two rear shooters will not be able to fully participate in collective training this week. That leaves more minutes available in training camp for two more shooting guards: second-year upstart Austin Reaves and second-round rookie draft pick Max Christie.