Lakers’ Malik Monk Posts Injury Update As Team Falls Apart in Pre-Season

Published 10/12/2021, 12:46 PM EDT
Feb 20, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel (right) talks to his team during a timeout in the fourth quarter of the Lakers 96-94 loss to the Miami Heat at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy: Reuters


17-time NBA champions Los Angeles Lakers have assembled a super team for the coming season. Looking at the roster they’ve built during the off-season, it’s clear that they want to win their 18th title this season. However, the preseason hasn’t been great for them as they’re yet to register a win.

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The Lakers are also struggling with injuries from the get-go this season. They already have an aging roster and four players are out injured. Out of four, three are young players: Talen Horton-Tucker, Kendrick Nunn, and Malik Monk.

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Malik Monk has been nothing short of impressive during the preseason. However, he picked up a groin strain and will miss the next few games. But the Lakers are expecting him to get fully fit ahead of their season opener next week. Malik Monk has also provided an update on his injury on his social media.

Los Angeles Lakers star Malik Monk provides an injury update

Lakers star Malik Monk picked up a groin strain a few days back. He was the bright spot for the Lakers in their first few preseason games, which they lost. But it appears that the injury is not that serious and Malik should be back soon. Malik Monk recently posted an update on his injury on his Instagram, which is captioned: “Be back soon!!!!😈🤞🏾”

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Malik Monk was really starting to make a case for himself in the starting lineup alongside the big three of LeBron, Davis, and Westbrook. In the three games he played during the preseason, he averaged 12.7 PPG in 21.0 MPG and made eight of his 17 three-pointers attempted (47.1%). He added quality to the Lakers’ offense and made a good impact defensively. With Trevor Ariza injured, Malik would have been considered for the starting spot this season. However, it is being reported that he could be back for the season opener and could win his place back.

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Apart from Trevor Ariza and Malik Monk, Talen Horton-Tucker and Kendrick Nunn are also injured at the moment. Last season the Lakers struggled due to injuries and crashed out of the playoffs in the first round itself. This time, the season hasn’t started yet and they’ve already got four players on the sidelines. But thankfully, Malik’s injury is not serious, and he could be back next week.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

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