New Lakers Signing Delivers Strong Message on Injury

The Los Angeles Lakers were pretty sure about the signing of Thomas Bryant, but some fans were a bit worried about his injury.

Bryant, 24, sustained a partially torn ACL in January, 2021. He is young, athletic, and talented and yes, he can definitely contribute to the game. The newly-signed Lakers player talked about his injury during the introductory press conference. As you may be guessing, he feels really great.

“Not good, great. I have no hiccups, I have no setbacks or anything,” Bryant told the media. “To be honest, my left leg feels even stronger than the right so I feel like it’s really, really back and I’m ready to go.”

Bryant’s injury was a bit scary, but it didn’t stop him from seeing the floor. He played in 27 regular-season games in 2021-22 and averaged 7.4 points, four rebounds, and 0.9 assists per game while going 28.6% from deep and 52% from the field.

Lakers are signing the young player despite his injury

The Lakers needed a young player like Bryant. Pelinka inked a bunch of veterans last season and the NBA world criticized this move. Bryant is relatively young and his strength could be the much-needed boost for the purple and gold.

Greg Swartz from Bleacher Report was among the first to suggest that Bryant will soon get his deal with the Lakers.

“Bryant could attempt to rehab his value as a starting center in L.A. on a minimum deal and look to cash in next offseason. Before tearing his ACL, he was averaging 14.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 0.8 blocks, and shooting 42.9 percent from three in his first 10 games 2020-21…Adding a floor-spacing big man in the frontcourt next to Davis would give everyone more room to operate, especially if Russell Westbrook returns.”

The Lakers need all the help they can get this summer. They had a few potential scenarios on the table. Trading Anthony Davis was never an option despite rumors and it seems like Russell Westbrook will stay around for a while too. Darvin Ham sure has a plan and we can’t wait for the next move.