Landry (knee) returns to action on Monday (Oct 21 12:00 ET )
Carl Landry (knee) returned to action on Monday, scoring 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting (5-of-5 FTs) with seven rebounds and no steals or blocks in 18 minutes.
Carl Landry started Wednesday's exhibition in Beijing but only played five minutes in the Kings' overtime loss to the Nets.
The Scoop:Landry isn't big enough to defend Brook Lopez in the paint and he's not mobile enough to chase Mirza Teletovic off the 3-point line, so this was a dreadful matchup for him. That will be the case on plenty of nights this season, and his likely backup role is one of many reasons to avoid him.
Carl Landry (knee) posted seven points, five rebounds and two assists in 21 minutes off the Kings' bench during Sunday's exhibition.
The Scoop:Landry has been active throughout training camp without any obvious setbacks, so it appears he'll be fully healthy for the Kings' season opener. Jason Thompson (seven points, seven rebounds, five turnovers in 22 minutes) is the favorite to start at PF, reducing Landry to a backup role, and his lack of statistical versatility rules him out as a standard-league fantasy option.
The Scoop:He had knee surgery in March and coach Mike Malone just gave him the day off after five consecutive practices. Landry has a chance to start at power forward and he'll look to bounce back from an injury-plaged 2013-14. He's still not a great option in fantasy leagues.
The Scoop:"I think in the back of his mind he wasn't sure - `Can I get through a whole practice?'," said coach Mike Malone. "I'm not ready to say he's 100 percent, but he's getting really close." Landry admitted in mid-September that he's still not fully recovered, but it's a great sign that the seven-year veteran made it through an entire full-contact practice without any breaks. He's fighting for minutes in a crowded frontcourt rotation, so regardless of his health he should go undrafted in all fantasy formats.