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Lakers forward Walton ruled out of European games

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LONDON (AP)

Lakers forward Luke Walton will miss Los Angeles' two preseason games in Europe after aggravating a strained hamstring in practice.

Team spokesman John Black says that Walton's right hamstring felt worse during Sunday's practice session before the Lakers' preseason opener against the Minnesota Timberwolves in London on Monday.

Black says Walton will ''definitely not play'' against Minnesota or against Barcelona in Spain on Thursday. Walton, limited by a back injury for much of last season, will be evaluated after the team returns to Los Angeles.

''We'll just have to hold on and see how he goes,'' Lakers coach Phil Jackson said.

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