Lakers’ Josh Hart to Miss 12 Weeks With Knee Injury

Josh Hart. Photo by Chris Szagola/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

Los Angeles Lakers’ guard Josh Hart underwent a successful ultrasonic debridement procedure on his right knee, the team announced on Thursday.  According to the Lakers’ official statement, Hart is expected to make a full recovery from the injury and will be able to return to basketball in about 12 weeks.

Hart has been struggling with knee tendinitis since January but decided to delay the procedure so he could help the Lakers make a playoff push. He ended up receiving PRP injection to address the issue, but that didn’t help all that much. The 24-year-old will now join Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram on the sidelines, as the duo has also been ruled out for the season in the previous weeks.

Although his production slightly slipped compared to his rookie year, Josh Hart still had a successful season and has established himself as a full member of Lakers’ young core. He played 67 games in 2018/19 and averaged 7.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 1.0 steals per game.

Los Angeles Lakers won’t be much affected by the absence of their key young players, as they already missed out on the playoffs. The 2018/19 NBA season marks the sixth consecutive time the Lakers haven’t made it to the postseason.