Lakers rookie Moe Wagner (knee) out all of preseason

first_imgIt’s going to be a while to get a look at the Lakers’ first-round pick over the summer.Moritz Wagner, the rookie 6-foot-11 forward from Michigan, is expected to miss all six preseason games with the knee contusion that’s affected him since Summer League, the team acknowledged Saturday afternoon. He’ll be reevaluated later in October.Only Lonzo Ball and Wagner are scheduled to miss the Lakers’ preseason opener against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday evening in San Diego.Wagner has been sidelined for much of the first week of camp with the left knee injury that first ended his Summer League tenure early. Wagner played five games over the summer, averaging 13.6 points and 9.2 rebounds for the Lakers. Walton would play today … if he couldAs coach Luke Walton has talked extensively about positionless basketball the past few days, a question naturally arose: Would he have played well in the current era instead of the post-dominated early 2000s when he did?Walton said he thinks so, but joked he didn’t know whom he could guard.“I think that’s the way the game’s meant to be played,” he said. “I grew up watching the old Celtics and Lakers and the way they used to push it and pass it and their skills. I mean, granted, they had bigs, but Kevin McHale, Larry (Bird), James (Worthy), those guys were skilled bigs. I love the way it’s going.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Does that mean if Shaquille O’Neal – a former teammate of Walton’s – came along again , he wouldn’t fit in?“Every team would be panicking,” he said. “We’d all be trying to figure out what Scot Pollard we could sign to try to draw some offensive fouls.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersNuggets scouting report from JamesIt might be LeBron James’ first season on a Western Conference team, but that doesn’t mean he’s unfamiliar with the competition in this half of the NBA.Asked by a reporter for a rundown of the Nuggets, James was pretty thorough:“For the most part, it starts with the Joker [Nikola Jokic] – he’s going to be the guy in the middle of the floor playmaking and all those guys moving around from Gary Harris, Jamal Murray, Paul Millsap is a great playmaker as well, and then they bring in Will Barton and those guys off the bench.“So they play with a lot of high pace,” he added. “They move the ball. They share the ball. I know [coach] Mike Malone from my days back in Cleveland, so I know what he’s all about. So, there’s your scouting.”Several media outlets reported Harris, the second-leading scorer from last season, is questionable for Sunday’s game. James is expected to play limited minutes.last_img

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