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Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Walton out with stomach ailment

By Dave McMenamin

Los Angeles Lakers forward Luke Walton is not with the team for its two game road trip through Memphis and New Orleans because of gastroenteritis, the team announced prior to the Lakers shootaround Tuesday in preparation for the Grizzlies game.

Walton, a nine-year veteran, has played in just nine out of the Lakers' 41 games this season, averaging career lows in points (1.3) and minutes (7.2) per game.

Not only is Walton missing out on the Lakers' games, but he's also missing a chance to return to Memphis where he spent a portion of the lockout serving as an assistant coach for the University of Memphis Tigers.

Lakers coach Mike Brown, when speaking to reporters before the Grizzlies game, allowed for the possibility of Walton rejoining the team in New Orleans.

"I think that’s something that [Walton], the doctors and [Lakers trainer] Gary [Vitti] are going to work out," Brown said. "If he feels well enough he will [fly to New Orleans], if he doesn’t then he won’t."

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