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L.A. Times: It took a while, more than three months, but Trevor Ariza finally heard the magic medical words.
The Lakers’ forward was cleared to begin some basketball-related activities and will be available to play at some point in the second round of the playoffs.
“A week from now, I can start doing a little bit of contact. And then a week later I can start playing,” he said. “It’s definitely good news.”
A key defender at small forward, Ariza has been out since Jan. 20 because of a broken bone in his right foot. He is not allowed to dunk yet and can work only on individual skills such as shooting and dribbling over the next week.
An MRI exam Friday showed that the bone in his foot had healed to the point of being able to begin basketball exercises.
Ariza was a fixture on the Lakers’ second unit after being acquired from Orlando in November for Brian Cook and Maurice Evans. He was averaging 6.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 18 minutes in 24 games with the Lakers, who like his length and speed as a defender.
Ariza was on the Lakers’ bench, in a suit, for Game 3 on Saturday against Denver.