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VIDEO: Ty Lawson breaks Jodie Meeks’ ankles, adds insult to Lakers’ woes

It’s  bad enough the Los Angeles Lakers and guard Jodie Meeks have endured an almost unbearable season, but it’s a whole other set of circumstances to get abused the way Meeks did on Friday night in the Mile High City when he guarded attempted to guard Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson in transition. 

The result was not good for the 6-foot-4 sharpshooter, and it was further indicative of the sadness surrounding the once-proud Lakers franchise. 

As for the gloom-and-doom talk, L.A. is headed toward its worst season in franchise history, they’ve given up a franchise-worst 400 points over any three-game stretch (an other-worldly 133.3 points per game allowed!) and are headed for the 2014 NBA Draft lottery. 

But this… This was just cruel. 

Maybe Meeks shouldn’t feel too bad, however. Lawson’s gotten the best of the King himself, LeBron James, before:

And Corey Brewer (Lawson even broke his own ankles here):

The point is Ty Lawson is good at basketball and can make some of the best athletes in the world look lost. Meeks can take at least some comfort in that.

But then again after looking at it, maybe not. 

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Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His work is also regularly featured on Yahoo! Sports and SB Nation. You can catch up with him on Twitter: @MikeJonesTweets.
  • DrJLD

    I broke both my ankles four years ago. However, I was significantly older at the time than Jodie Meeks.

    I had the surgeries and then spent three months in rehabilitation. It was a long time before I could even put any weight on my ankles.

    However, with improved rehab techniques and equipment today, Jodie can expect to return by next season if he does what he has to do with commitment and good humor.

    Breaking both ankles at the same time is not something that is seen very often. I approached my own hospitalization and rehab with a positive attitude, and made fun of myself and the situation. This kept both me and the doctors, nurses, and rehab specialists amused and entertained. What was an unhappy accident became a really good time recovering.

    Time also went by more quickly, as well. I developed the idea that things could have been much worse (e.g., terminal disease, stroke, etc.), and that breaking both ankles was, while not trivial, was something that would heal and I would return to my normal life with renewed appreciation for it.

    Good luck, Mr. Meeks, and a speedy recovery!