With injuries hindering their postseason chances since Christmas, the Los Angeles Lakers received the final injury blow with Brandon Ingram's deep venous thrombosis (DVT) diagnosis that will keep him from playing the rest of the season.
This season, Ingram averaged 8.6 points and shot 35.3 percent behind the arc over 34 games with South Bay in what's been somewhat of a down year.
Not only did the Lakers lose to the Boston Celtics, their dreaded rivals, at home, but Los Angeles reportedly made a decision to shut down former No. 2 draft pick Lonzo Ball for the rest of the season.
On Thursday, coach Luke Walton said Ingram was experiencing pain whenever he lifted his right arm.
This season has had little to celebrate for Lakers fans, but at least a familiar face in one of the good guys of the organization should bring Lakers faithful something to cheer for at the end of this otherwise lost 2018-19 campaign. The Lakers (30-36) have a month left to play in the regular season and sit seven games out of a playoff spot. He was drafted second overall by the Lakers in the 2016 NBA Draft.
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Chris Bosh famously had his career ended by blood clotting issues.
"When it rains it pours", guard Rajon Rondo said about Ingram's season-ending condition and all that the Lakers have endured with injuries this season.
What LeBron James could do to take control of this situation is either somehow guide the Lakers to a miracle playoff berth in the Western Conference or declare his intentions to leave this summer.
Ingram sat out for the previous two games before the blood clot was revealed.
Ball should have a normal offseason for the first time.