Luke Walton out for at least two weeks


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The Lakers announced that forward Luke Walton will be sidelined at least two weeks because of an injury in his right foot.

Walton was examined today by foot specialist Dr. Ken Jung from the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Group, who said the Lakers forward is suffering from sesamoiditis, or irritation in the sesamoids, the small bones that run to the big toe.

Walton, who was buried on the Lakers bench when the season began, had started 11 consecutive games at small forward but injured his foot before Friday’s game against Utah. Although Walton played in the game, his foot worsened after Saturday’s practice.


Lakers Coach Phil Jackson started Trevor Ariza in Walton’s place Sunday against Portland, but Ariza was unimpressive, scoring four points and grabbing five rebounds in 32 minutes.

-- Barry Stavro