I guess UCLA thought fans needed more good news.
(I’m trying not to be sarcastic here, folks, I really am.)
UCLA basketball was dealt a blow to the start of their season with the announcement that combo guard Tyler Lamb will be out four to six weeks following an arthroscopic knee surgery. Edward Lewis of BSR reported as such:
#UCLA guard Tyler Lamb to undergo knee surgery and miss next six weeks, the school announced tonight.
— Edward Lewis (@EdwardLewisBSR) October 8, 2012
While Tyler Lamb wouldn’t have been starting — since Larry Drew, Kyle Anderson and Shabazz Muhammad would be higher up on the depth chart in the backcourt — this is a big blow to UCLA’s depth, which was once considered a strength for this team.
Of course, there’s a good chance that Tyler Lamb comes back before the beginning of the 2012 season when Pauley Pavilion re-opens to a UCLA-Indiana State match-up on November 9.
But it’s possible that Lamb could be out until November 18. By that time, UCLA would’ve missed three games, including the beginning of the Legends Classic, which would potentially pit the Bruins up against powerhouses like Georgia, Georgetown and Indiana.
Last season, Lamb averaged nine points off of 41 percent shooting while playing 31 minutes for UCLA. He improved in nearly every statistical category in his sophomore year and could very well break the backcourt rotation in 2012 even with all the incoming talent at the guard positions.