Pau Gasol Injury: Updates on Lakers Star's Tendinitis

Alex Kay@AlexPKayCorrespondent IDecember 4, 2012

Pau Gasol has been struggling lately to find a place in Mike D’Antoni’s offense, and his knee tendinitis isn’t making anything easier.


UPDATE: Tuesday, December 18 at 1:58 p.m. ET

Great news for Lakers fans as Pau Gasol will return tonight after battling knee tendinitis, according to's Mike Trudell.

Mike D'Antoni says @paugasol will start tonight. He responded well to practice yesterday. LAL were 3-5 w/out Gasol.

— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) December 18, 2012

There are no restrictions for @paugasol tonight. He said he's feeling good, has the explosion he lacked early in season back.

— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) December 18, 2012

The Lakers will be squaring off against the 7-16 Charlotte Bobcats at home, so this should make for an easy transition back into the rotation for Gasol.

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UPDATE: Monday, Dec. 17 at 4:25 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney

Gasol returned to practice today like expected, but according to's Mike Trudell, it wasn't a very extensive one:

Nash and Gasol went through the whole practice, but there was not a 5-on-5 scrimmage. Just drills/shell stuff.

— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) December 17, 2012

Still, though, it's progress for the Lakers power forward.

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UPDATE: Monday, December 17 at 10:46 a.m. ET

Great news for Lakers fans as Pau Gasol is expected to practice today, according to's Mike Trudell.

Some good LAL injury news finally: @paugasol will practice tomorrow; expect him to play Tues. if it goes well. LAL 3-5 w/out him.

— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) December 17, 2012

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UPDATE: Friday, December 14 at 12:53 p.m. ET by Ethan Grant

According to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times, Gasol will miss his seventh consecutive game for the Lakers as visit the Washington Wizards. 

Pau Gasol will not play tonight vs. Washington, missing a 7th consecutive game because of knee tendinitis. Lakers 1-5 without him.

— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) December 14, 2012

For those on the "Trade-Pau" bandwagon, the team's 1-5 record without him would suggest that isn't the best move. Be patient, LA. Steve Nash and Gasol are two cogs of the puzzle that can't be replaced. When both are healthy, we'll see what this Laker team can do.

Still, it's another DNP for Gasol, one this Lakers team needs to find a way to overcome.

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UPDATE: Thursday, December 13 at 12:05 p.m. ET

Awful news for the struggling Lakers as Paul Gasol is reportedly out for tonight's primetime matchup against the Knicks, according to Los Angeles Times' Mike Bresnahan.

Pau Gasol did not take part in shoot-around, not playing tonight vs. Knicks. It'll be the sixth games he's missed (knee tendinitis). #Lakers

— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) December 13, 2012

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UPDATE: Tuesday, December 11 at 11:55 a.m. ET

Pau Gasol will not play tonight when the Lakers take on the Cavaliers, according to L.A. Daily News' Mark Medina.

Pau Gasol won't play tonight against Cleveland. Marks his fifth straight absence bc of knee tendinitis

— Mark Medina (@MedinaLakersNBA) December 11, 2012

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UPDATE: Sunday, December 9 at 3:25 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

While Gasol will miss another game, he doesn't need to worry about his place in the starting lineup when he returns, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN:

Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol will miss his fourth straight game because of knee tendinitis Sunday against the Utah Jazz, but whenever he is able to return he won't be coming off the bench.

"Not yet, that's not what we need to be doing right now," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said of the possibility of using Gasol in a sixth man role. "We need to find him and Steve (Nash) in there together and look at it and make a good assessment. I envision him being really good at what he does at the four, so I don't see that."

Gasol may not be in the long-term plans for the Lakers—especially if his poor play continues and he doesn't fit D'Antoni's system—but for now, he's still the team's starting power forward.

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UPDATE: Sunday, December 9 at 1:55 p.m. ET

Rough, but expected, news as Pau Gasol will not play in the tonight's game for the Lakers, according to's Mike Trudell.

Pau Gasol will not play tonight vs. Utah. Like Nash, it's possible he plays on the trip, but D'Antoni can't be certain.

— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) December 9, 2012

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UPDATE: Sunday, December 9 at 12:49 p.m. ET

Interesting news out of Los Angeles as the Lakers are reportedly considering having Pau Gasol come off the bench when he's healthy to return, according to Los Angeles Times' Mike Bresnahan.

 The Lakers are debating whether to bring Pau Gasol off the bench when he returns from knee tendinitis, said a person familiar with the team's thinking.

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UPDATE: Friday, December 7 at 12:50 p.m ET by Michael Cahill

The Lakers take on the Thunder tonight but as ESPNLA's Dave McMenamin reports, LA will have to do it without Gasol.

Pau Gasol will not play Friday against the Thunder, per the Lakers. Still sitting with knee tendinitis

— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) December 7, 2012

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 2:40 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni is unsure about when Pau Gasol will be able to return to the court. 

ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin quote D'Antoni saying the following:

We got to get him healthy. Whatever it takes -- one game, two games, 10 games -- I don't know. It's day to day but he's got to be healthy. It wasn't fair (to him). He's trying to battle through some stuff and in this league, you just can't do that.

Gasol's progress in adjusting to D'Antoni's offense will have to wait at least one game, and possibly more.  

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According to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, the Los Angeles Lakers PF will miss Tuesday night’s game against the Houston Rockets due to tendinitis in both knees.

Pau Gasol out tonight with tendinitis in both knees.

— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) December 4, 2012

Antawn Jamison, a player D’Antoni has been keen on using down the stretch anyway, will likely get the start in his place.

This isn’t the best time for the 32-year-old Spaniard to miss time, as he has recently been called out by longtime teammate Kobe Bryant. The Black Mamba told the big man to step up and put on his “big boy pants” in order to adapt and thrive in the new system.

Gasol is averaging a mere 12.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.2 blocks on the season and has been benched on more than one occasion during crunch-time situations in the fourth quarter.

D’Antoni’s run-and-gun philosophy encourages all players with the exception of the center—in this case Dwight Howard—to be able to stretch the floor and knock down open jumpers, while providing space inside for the pivot to work.

It’s also a high-tempo offense that allows for quick shots and transition buckets, which isn’t exactly an ideal situation for a less-than-stellar athlete like Gasol, especially when ailing from a knee injury.

It’s best that Gasol gets his rest in now, as point guard Steve Nash is likely to return to the lineup in the coming few weeks, and the PF has a chance to prove he can flourish under his new coach as long as a suitable PG is feeding him the rock and giving him the touches he needs.

Should the veteran fail to contribute at a high level upon the future Hall of Fame PG’s return, it’s likely the Lakers brass will seek a trade. Gasol is owed over $38 million for the remainder of this season and the 2013-14 campaign, and it’s far too much to pay a player who isn’t living up to expectations.


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