HOOPSWORLD: HOOPSWORLD has learned that Trevor Ariza of the Los Angeles Lakers has been cleared by a second independent doctor. Sidelined for months with a broken foot, Ariza has now sought out two additional opinions hoping to get back on the floor to help the team in its ongoing playoff run.

The Lakers’ physician has been conservative as Ariza’s CT Scan still shows a line on the bone which is normally interpreted as an unhealed fracture.

Ariza recently saw a doctor in Utah who postulated that the bone has indeed healed and that the line may never fully disappear.

The recent third opinion concurred which sends the ultimate decision to the Lakers who are inherently conservative when it comes to long term health of their players. To date they haven’t been willing to put Ariza in harm’s way, even for the ongoing playoff push.

At this point it’s not clear what the team will do with the additional medical opinion. From Ariza’s perspective, he’s good to go and feels no discomfort or limitation of any kind.

One thing to note is that opinions from even the most highly respected doctors are subjective. If they prove to be incorrect, Ariza could have some serious long-term implications.

The final decision from Laker management should be made in the coming days.

More as it develops . . .

  • carlo

    great news! i want to see him play even just for a few minutes

  • Sako

    great news!

  • Lakers 24 7

    Our staff sucks man, let him play, he feels no pain or discomfort, I expect to see him suited up for Game 6

  • Thuggishdeer

    Lakers 24 7, thats what im saying. our staff is way too soft and over protective. i said it before and ill say it again. Ariza says he can play let him play. IF ARIZA WERE KOBE THEY WOULD LET HIM PLAY. I MEAN, COME ON, YOU GUYS SEE HOW THEY DONT GIVE A SHIT THAT KOBE HURT HIS BACK, DISLOCATED HIS PINKY, BECAUSE HES A TOUGH GUY. WELL THATS PRETTY DUMB CONSIDERING HOW THEY HOLD ARIZA BACK FROM AN ANKLE. HMMMMM..

  • goofella

    if he says he feels fine, let him {Profanity isn’t allowed on theLakersNation.com — Please go back and edit your comment. Thank you.} PLAY!!!!!

  • Lakers 24 7

    We need somebody to defend Kirelinko, Brewer, or Harpring..Kobe cant guard him all by himself

    Put him Fisher, Ariza, Newble, Kobe, and Sasha against one of Utahs smaller line ups and watch Utah get Shut down

  • Lakers 24 7

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    You might also want to throw Turiaf in the mix with that defensive line up

  • http://thelakersnation.com kb24 4life

    man , at this time, trevor with his defense might be more important than bynum…

    i expect him for game 6 or 7if neccessary, or the first game in the next round…

  • http://mrsfox411@aol.com FOXXY


  • http://www.myspace.com/dbricks DBricks

    I thought Garry Vitti was the best Medical trainer in the NBA, but with recent injuries im beginning to think that our medical staff is either old school, or just doesnt get the job done. Look at Mihm the last couple of years, and of course the intial 6-8 weeks for Bynum, we know how that goes, and now we thought Ariza was at least 2 weeks away, even after Ariza has said he is fine, now other resepected doctors are clearing him, saying the line is just something that will always be there. After I saw Shaq back with the Suns in tip top shape, at least tip top shape for an old Shaq. Im beginning to think our Laker medical staff is not doing what needs to be done to rehab our players fast and succesfull

  • http://www.deluxpro.com Viva Vegas

    Let him play !!!

  • Michael_23

    Hey Trevor! Recommend these Doctors to Bynum!!!

  • xxv112002

    Man I can’t believe you guys will believe these two “Independent doctors” over OUR staff. These guys are independent doctors. They don’t care about these players. All they care about is money. Especially if someone who wants to play so bad, who is going to be a free agent this summer and wants a BIG contract and is desperate to get that “medical clearance” so he can show the organization he deserves the contract. And while the Lakers staff is doing their job, keeping OUR players healthy and preveting them from seriously getting hurt that might affect the players permanently.

    Hey, I used to pay doctors for my medical certificate for work. If I can afford it, I’m pretty sure NBA players can too.


    I AM ABOUT TO PISS MY PANTS(OR SLACKS,I’M AT WORK NOW).As Kobe would say,”There is a GOD”(like there was any question there wasn’t,AMEN)!

    KOBE-ARIZA-PIETRUS-AKA-“LOCKDOWN”.com,Where next season is ours happens!

  • True Lakers Fan

    hurry back Trever we need u back ASAP

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    You idiot, Kobe’s case is no where near Ariza’s injury. Ariza has a “bone fracture.” If you’re smart enough to know what that is, you’d know that a dislocated pinkey or a stretched back muscle has no comparison. Players run, jump, stand on their feet; and considering that it’s a fracture in the bone on the feet, it’s serious. Take a second and think. If that fractured bone is strained, it’ll never heal. Never healing equals tough time playing out there. Shut up and stop acting like you know when you really don’t.

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    Very good point. I’m tired of these ignorant monkeys.

  • http://thelakersnation.com/blog/?page_id=2373 Jonny