HoopsHype Xavier Henry rumors

December 30, 2013 Updates

Lakers guard Xavier Henry suffered a strained right knee late in the first quarter of Sunday night's loss to the Philadelphia 76ers and did not return. Henry is scheduled to undergo an MRI on the knee Monday. Henry went 0-for-2 shooting with one rebound in five minutes before exiting the game with 1:14 to go in the first quarter. He immediately went to the locker room with longtime Lakers trainer Gary Vitti for further evaluation. ESPN.com

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After the Memphis Grizzlies traded him to the former Hornets in 2011, Henry became sidelined for 37 games because of torn ligaments in his right ankle. Last season, Henry missed 32 games mainly because the Hornets coaching staff saw him struggling with establishing any niche. Instead of pointing fingers at each other, both Henry and New Orleans coach Monty Williams pointed the fingers at themselves. “I wasn’t completely on the same page as everybody,” Henry said. “we talked throughout the year about a lot of stuff. But I don’t blame [Williams] for anything last year.” “I’ll take responsibility for that,” Williams said. “There was a little bit of that and probably a lot of guys at that position.” Los Angeles Daily News

October 30, 2013 Updates

Leading the Lakers’ version of the Island of Misfit Toys against the Clippers was a guy whose teammates don’t even know how to pronounce his name after spending more than a month together through training camp. “I don’t even worry about it,” Xavier Henry said after scoring a career high 22 points on 8-for-13 shooting and hauling in six rebounds. “A lot of them call me ‘X,’ ‘Zav,’ ‘Zay.’ They make it work. They know that I know when they’re calling me, so it doesn’t matter to me.” Oklahoman

Xavier Henry led all scorers with a career-high 22 points in the Lakers' win over the Clippers. It was the first time in his 134-game NBA career that Henry was the leading scorer in a game. ESPN.com

The Lakers aren't supposed to make the playoffs. The Clippers aren't supposed to be knocked out until at least the NBA Finals. Yet what ensued was so upside down, the Lakers' faces were filled with shocked joy and the Clippers couldn't even look up from the floor. "Man, that was fun," said Henry, a Memphis castoff who led the Lakers with 22 points, including a dozen in a fourth-quarter comeback engineered completely by the reserves. "We just want to prove everybody wrong." Los Angeles Times

October 7, 2013 Updates

“He showed us enough he can play in this league,” D’Antoni said. “We’ll see what role he can carve out, but I’m really happy right now with his performance.” Does this help Henry’s chances in making the team? “I would think so,” D’Antoni said. “But we have a long way to go.” That includes monitoring Henry’s wrist and continuing to build off his double-digit performances. “Here right now with the team we had, they’re putting me in spots where I have a high success rate in getting to the rim,” Henry said. “That allows me to be in the right spot at the right time. If you can do that, you’re able to be yourself and play the game that you played. You’re not stuck at one part of the floor and they forget about you.” Los Angeles Daily News

October 6, 2013 Updates

Henry scored 29 points off the bench on an efficient nine-for-15 shooting Saturday night during the Lakers’ 104-95 victory over the Golden State Warriors at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario. The guard whose addition to the Lakers’ training camp roster didn’t cause much of a stir was a crowd favorite with several amazing plays, including an alley-oop pass on an inbounds play and a shot from beyond half court at the halftime buzzer. “As soon as I had it in my hands,” Henry said, “I looked up, saw the rim and just shot it and it went in.” Pretty impressive for someone who had averaged only 4.5 points during his first three NBA seasons. “I just never had that opportunity to really show what I can do,” said Henry, a former first-round draft pick whose time with the Memphis Grizzlies and New Orleans Hornets was beset by injuries and inconsistent playing time. Los Angeles Times

September 15, 2013 Updates

The 6-foot-6, 220-pounder from Oklahoma City averaged 3.9 and 5.3 points a game the past two seasons with New Orleans after averaging 4.3 points a game his rookie season with Memphis. He recently signed a contract with the Lakers that various websites have said is contingent on his making the squad in training camp. However, spotrac.com indicates he has been guaranteed a one-year salary of $916,099. He made $1.7 million, $1,809,700 and $1,936,000 his first three years in the league. “During the free-agent process, I was working hard and when I started to get feedback from teams, we thought (the Lakers) was a good fit for me,” Henry told Lakers.com. “When the deal got done, I was excited. There’s not one thing you can say wrong about the Lakers — their history, the players, the coach. They have one of the greats in Kobe (Bryant) that you can learn from every single day.” Lawrence Journal-World

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