Walton to meet with doctors Monday

Los Angeles Lakers forward Luke Walton said he is hopeful of being cleared to resume practice after he meets with a team doctor Monday morning.

Walton has been out with a pinched nerve in his back since Nov. 16.

"I feel great, my back feels great," Walton said. "So hopefully all will go well with the doctor [Monday] and I can get back out there and practice."

Walton was averaging 3.7 points and 1.9 assists in 10 minutes a game before he was injured. Though he played sparingly before he was hurt, Walton's absence has been felt prominently since starting small forward Ron Artest was suffered a concussion on Christmas night.