It looks like the Earl Clark era is here to stay. Already without their top two bigs for an unknown period of time the Lakers can now cross off their third best big man for the remainder of the season.
Jordan Hill will undergo season-ending hip surgery after a test Friday revealed loose fragments and a possible tear as well.
Not that it matters in the grand scheme as this season is already over but losing Hill is bitterly disappointing. The former Arizona Wildcat arrived from Houston last year when the Lake Show finally parted ways with Derek Fisher for good. Hill was buried at the end of Mike Brown’s bench until his number was called unexpectedly against the Oklahoma City Thunder at the end of last season.
Hill made the most of his new-found minutes by becoming a valued contributor off the bench in L.A.’s short playoff run. That would prove good enough to earn Hill a new two-year contract to remain in Los Angeles. His first year of the new deal has been filled with injury woes as Hill battled a bad back coming out of camp and now has his hip issue to contend with.
There was no announced timetable for Hill’s recovery.