UCLA junior guard Tyler Lamb will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Tuesday and is expected to miss four to six weeks.
Lamb had a similar surgery before successfully. However, this means UCLA may start with as few as seven scholarship players. This depends on whether Shabazz is cleared for that game (seems unlikely), Anderson is cleared (possible/probable) and Lamb healthy (unlikely.)
So this means UCLA could very well start one of the freshman for the first game, Jordan Adams. Who would have ever guessed that?
But it gets worse, if Lamb and Anderson can't play. UCLA bench may be Josh Smith and Tony Parker. In other words, David Wear would have to play 3 as a backup with no logical backup for Drew (the third string point is Lamb on offense) with Norman Powell starting at 2 and backing up the 1. Adams starting at 3 and backing up the 2.
Of course, I think Howland would have to start Smith in this case. He would also have to play zone but I am not sure he would.
Hopefully Anderson is cleared. Then we at least have one true back up at all the guard wing positions.
But this is just a ridiculous and embarrassing situation for UCLA to be in for the reopening of Pauley.