With the NCAA still yet to clear freshman guard Shabazz Muhammad the last thing UCLA needed heading into the start of practices was another personnel hit.
But that’s what Ben Howland will have to deal with, as the school announced on Sunday that junior guard Tyler Lamb will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.
The procedure will sideline Lamb anywhere from four to six weeks, which means that the Mater Dei product will likely be back for the majority of the Bruins’ non-conference schedule.
“I’m very optimistic that Tyler will be back in four weeks,” head coach Ben Howland said in the release. “He’s going to be very diligent with his rehab, and we are hopeful that this will be a quick and successful procedure.
“He had similar surgery on this knee the summer before his freshman year, and he quickly recovered from that.”
From a chemistry standpoint this shouldn’t have an adverse impact on UCLA thanks to their offseason trip to China.
In three games Lamb averaged 10.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game, and his versatility makes Lamb a key figure in the UCLA rotation this season.
Lamb’s first surgery on the knee came in July 2010 and he missed just four weeks, hence Howland’s optimism in regards to the recovery timeframe.
h/t Jeff Goodman
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It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for me to be joined by a guest on the podcast and today, it was Jeff Eisenberg of Yahoo Sports.
Jeff is a west coast guy, so we spent some time talking about Pac-12 hoops and USC vs. Oregon. We also got into Kansas-West Virginia, Purdue’s win over Michigan State and Denzel Valentine vs. Buddy Hield.
And like me, Jeff is a bit of a beer snob, so we did have a chance to chat about some of our favorites early on. At this point, I should be sponsored by Bell’s.
Anyway, you can listen to the podcast by clicking “play” on the Soundcloud player embedded below. Or you can do so through either iTunes or Stitcher if you so choose. Thanks for listening!
Kentucky’s ‘Dancing Guy’ has turned into a fan favorite at Rupp Arena.
Every home game, during one of the TV timeouts in the second half, ‘Mony Mony’ will come on, Dancing Guy will hop into the aisle and he’ll break it down like only a middle-aged white guy from Kentucky can.
As you can see, it didn’t quite go all that well for Dancing Guy on Tuesday night, as he tried to do a rail slide while holding a young, female fan and completely ate it.
Here’s another angle of the fall:
It looks much scarier that it actually was, as all reports indicate that everyone made it through the fall healthy.