Henry Rehabbing

by Trevor Wong
Lakers.com Contributor

In addition to the number of prospects working out for the Lakers prior to the June 26 NBA Draft, a number of current players still under contract have been training at the practice facility.

Xavier Henry, who underwent surgery in April to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist and a cartilage abnormality in his right knee, is focusing on rehabbing in an effort to get to as close to 100 percent as soon as possible.

"There's a lot of balancing, a lot of body weight stuff, a lot of strengthening up the muscle before I get out here and start pounding it," Henry said. "Got some running I can do now on the treadmill. Just making sure I keep everything contained and not get out of my element and start pounding on it too early."

During the 2013-14 season, Henry showed an ability to get to the rim as nearly 49 percent of his shot attempts came from within eight feet, according to NBA.com/stats. The Kansas product eventually became slowed by the nagging injuries towards the end of the year - first by the bone bruise suffered on Dec. 29 against Philly at home, then by the wrist injury he hurt on Mar. 21 against Washington.

"It was giving out a little bit," Henry said. "Every now and then it would give out. You would do one of those hard moves and your leg gives out. That's not a good feeling. Once everything is full circle, I think I'll be great."

Henry is still limited in terms of what he can or cannot do - he can only use his right hand for ballhandling and shooting drills - but now that he's had ample time to rest and rehab, his body already feels much different. Although he isn't fully healthy, Henry is seeing progress day-by-day.

"The doctors said fully cleared is five to six weeks from now, so middle to end of July," Henry said. "I'm happy with that. I've gone through this since April, I had my surgeries in April. It's been a long time, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and I feel good. If I feel like I'm heading in the right direction, I'm all right.

Henry will become a free agent on July 1, but acknowledged he's not so much worried about signing a contract as he is about getting his body right for next season, and the future.

"With my mind on my wrist and knee and trying to get it back to 100 percent as fast and healthy as I can," Henry said "I'm not too worried about the free agency stuff ... I have to be healthy and then whatever happens, happens."

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