So here’s the question: Is there any reason to rush him back if there’s any chance of lingering pain or re-injury? The Lakers have 10 games left, and the focus will be on the closing stretch of Kobe Bryant’s farewell tour.
If Russell’s cleared at 100 percent, that’s one thing. But the the last thing the Lakers need is to risk the future as the Kobe Era comes to a close.
Russell will ice on and off tonight and see how the ankle feels in the morning. He didn’t rule out playing Sunday but we’ll have to see.