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NBA: OKC product Xavier Henry a star in L.A.

by Jenni Carlson Published: November 5, 2013
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The Lakers and their fans are looking for signs of life as they await Kobe Bryant’s return from injury.
So far, they’re getting it from Xavier Henry.
Yes, Xavier Henry.
The former Putnam City High product has been labeled a bust by many. After being a lottery pick in 2010, he’s had three injury-laden seasons and become something of a journeyman. He landed a non-guaranteed contract with the Lakers during the offseason; it only becomes guaranteed if he’s still on the roster on Jan. 10.
So far, that looks likely.
Henry has been so good in the Lakers’ early games that he was the focus of a big story in the Los Angeles Times on Monday. You can read that story by clicking here.
Here’s hoping that Henry makes a good go if it with the Lakers. He always seemed like a good guy. As Ben Bolch points out in the Times story, Henry always seems to have a big smile on his face, and maybe it’s time for luck to smile back at him.

by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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