This will explain his lack of leaping ability this year. He definetely has been “flat footed” on a lot of games and hasn’t been able to elevate. As Eric Pincus wrote last night during his live blog of the LAL/LAC game…

Hoopsworld: Finally I spoke to Luke Walton in detail about his ankle injury. Apparently he has a bone chip that was causing pain and inflammation for the first half of the season. It really limited what he could do on the floor. Over the All-Star Break he and the training staff were able to work out the inflammation in the affected ligament. For the first time all year he’s been able to get his body to work with him instead of against him.

Although he still has a ways to go, his play has noticeably improved in recent weeks. He credits that for just starting to feel healthy. Offseason surgery to remove the bone chip is an option but it’s not something that’ll be determined until after the playoffs.

  • DingleBerry

    who the fuk cares luke sucks and we have him for 5 more years. arr………..

  • drew

    Luke does not suck… when he is healthy and his injuries are not bothering him he is a great addition to this team. The past few weeks he has been playing better and he is still limited with his ankle.

    I hope everyone that was bashing on Luke will realize now that he has an injury that might require surgery, yet he is playing.

  • iLakers

    kudos drew.

    i was a Luke hater for a while. I called him Fluke Walton and Luke “cant make a shot if his life depended on it” walton. But over time i realized it didn’t make sense how he went from playing like banger at the start of last season to a fairy at the start of this season. I felt something was bothering him, however i still bashed on the guy up until the last couple of games. But this injury makes all the sense. Hopefully he can at least come off the bench and give us quality minutes.

    And no more Luke-hating for me…haha.

  • DCLAKER

    I agree Drew,Luke has been hurt the whole year. I and many others still think needs to step his game up more or GET GERALD GREEN(I can’t help it,Razz in The Shoutbox has been shouting what I’ve been saying for 3 months now).

  • MILO

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    Dito! G-Green deserves a chance to prove he’s worthy of beeng in the NBA.Fu-ck Minni and Houston for not giving him a chance…

  • http://getgarnett.com jonasjulienjoseph

    GET WELL LUKE AND BE THE 12 POINTS 5 REBOUNDS 5 ASSIST I KNOW YOU ARE WHEN HEALTHY

  • http://lakers DAVID_STERN_LOVES_LA

    TRADE HIM!!
    ALONG WITH MIHM

  • KObe24

    luke will be fine, the lakers WILL BE FINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • kaybee248

    luke sucks ass dont you pll see that this is a cover up just bcuz eric pincus says it doesnt mean its true. until i see it on the injury reports or an official source (no disrespect to hoopsworld) he is and always will be fluke no bball skills walton. i agree get gerald green

  • Lakers4Life

    Luke is the like Kobe’s finger. It needs to be fixed, but we can do for now. For now that is. It’s gonna take some time. Luke will have to be super healthy to make the final judgment for next season. There is no way we can trade Luke because what team will want him? If we don’t win the championship this year. I will not be surprise if Luke is gone too. We need people who can pass and shoot. Not just pass. I’m crossing my finger and hope Luke will become like Farmar and AB. Work yo ass off during the off season.

  • billy kupchak licks scrotum

    let me give this article a new title ” luke may need a trade in the off season” send ham and his bone chip some where else . im sick of hearing about this fagg’ot fuk. he dosnt do nothing except when he is busy doing nothing. am i just imagining things or does he seem like kwame brown stain’s little white brother. send this biatch on his way

  • kushking

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    dude where are you getting that acid from. its obvious that you have been hallucinating. mabye you didnt realize but he is that white guy that dosent ever do anything for us exept fuk up our offense. p.s hook me up with your connect.

  • Tim

    you walton haters try to find a way around everything just to say he sucks dont you? well face it, walton is injured and he is a very talented player, give him time

  • kushking

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    his only talent is keepin kobe’s chair warm

  • Lakers4Life

    Lets watch the game today and make a good judgment. This is to all the LUKE LOVERS!!!

  • 187 ON BOSTON

    DID ALL YOU FLUKE WALTON LOVERS WATCH THE GAME AGAINST THE KINGS LAST NIGHT ? NOW HOW CAN ANYBODY SAY THAT THIS DUDE IS NOT GARBAGE? HE FUC KING SUCKS. BYE BYE BYE FLUKE GO SIT WITH DADDY IN THE ANNOUNCERS BOOTH WITH DADDY.

  • DCLAKER

    GET GERALD GREEN.This guy has the potential to be ‘GREAT’,YES!I said the ‘G’ word. If given the right oppurtunity(’cause Minn. and Houston missed out),meaning,Kobe lost his lil’brother J.Critt.,now he gets another chance with an even bigger SG/SF.Luke is hurt and it’s showing in his play on the court,which could be detrimental in getting through these last 20 to 21 games,WE NEED INSURANCE! MITCH,GERALDGREENISCALLING.com,where getting dunked on happens.