In January, Los Angeles Lakers forward Jordan Hill underwent season-ending surgery on a torn labrum, but on Thursday he received some good news indicating that he's close to getting back on the court.
Lakers sideline reporter Mike Trudell has reported that Hill saw the doctor who performed surgery on him Thursday and implemented a plan to start Hill running on the treadmill.
After Hill passes those test it is expected that he'll be cleared to resume basketball activities and could be back on the court in three-to-four weeks from that date.
However, the only way Hill can make his way back on the floor this season would mean that the Lakers would have to make a deep run in the playoffs, but either way it's still good news for the franchise.
Hill's loss early in the season exposed the lack of front-court depth the Lakers have as players like Earl Clark have been forced to play out of their positions.
Before his injury, Hill averaged 6.7 points and 5.7 rebounds but his energy and activity on the glass is what the Lakers miss the most.
The Lakers currently have possession of the eight seed in the Western Conference and are just a half game above the creeping Utah Jazz.
The Lakers and Jazz both have games tonight, and if things work out in their favor, the Lakers may be able to keep their hold on the final playoff spot.