Holmes' mom suggests goggles after son's ugly eye laceration


Richaun Holmes took another scary hit to the eye on Wednesday night that caused a laceration, and his mother is vying for the Kings center to start wearing goggles on the court. Holmes took a hard hit to the eye from Mo Bamba in the 142-130 win over the Orlando Magic.

Holmes' eye was covered by gauze when he was seen exiting Golden 1 Center after Wednesday night's win.

Holmes took a hit to the same eye in late November which caused him to miss time. Holmes also came down with a non-COVID illness shortly after and ended up missing three games.

Kings interim coach Alvin Gentry spoke after the victory, and expressed his frustration over Holmes seeing multiple dangerous hits to the eye in recent weeks.

"I think he's got hit in the face and the eye and that area more than anybody in the NBA this year," Gentry told reporters. "I mean if I was him, I would be a little perturbed by the whole thing. So it seems to just happen at the most inopportune times and you know he's back and he's playing well and now all of a sudden, you know, he's got a bandage over the eye again."

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After saying there was hope Holmes would not have to get stitches on the eye, his mom shared on social media Thursday morning that he now might need to have the wound stitched up.


Goggles likely would help Holmes avoid any potential catastrophic eye injuries, but hopefully this will be the last of the worrisome injuries involving his face this season.

It is unclear if Holmes will be back on the floor Friday with the Kings when they take on the Charlotte Hornets.