Just as Lakers forward/center Jordan Hill was starting to provide his own breath of life via his recent stellar play for the purple and gold, the 6-foot-10, 235-pounder chokes because of an allegation of violence with serious repercussions.
Reports say that the 24-year-old Hill has been charged with third-degree felony assault for allegedly choking a family member during an altercation in Texas that took place on Feb. 29. It's unclear who Hill is accused of attacking, but the charge was filed by the Harris County District Attorney in Houston. Hill faces a maximum of 10 years in prison if he is convicted.
The Lakers acquired Hill from the Houston Rockets in exchange for guard Derek Fisher and a first round pick in March. He has played a total of 83 minutes since then, but in his last three games, including Game 1 of the Lakers' first-round matchup against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday, he has played 89, averaging 10.6 points and 11 rebounds.
The Lakers won Game 1 over the Nuggets 103-88, with Hill scoring 10 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and blocking two shots. He also shot 5-for-10 from the field in 24 minutes.
Game 2 is scheduled for Tuesday night at Staples Center.