Pau Gasol Injured Playing For Spain: Where Should His Allegiance Lie?

Chase SanfordCorrespondent IAugust 13, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 17:  Pau Gasol (L) and Sasha Vujacic of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrate on stage during the 2009 NBA Championship Victory Parade at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on June 17, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Pau Gasol, injured.

Easy Laker nation, don't have a heart attack! Repeat do not have a heart attack!

This is not a career-ending injury. This is not even a season-ending injury. It is only a mere few weeks injury. 

The Championship center recently injured his left index finger while practicing with Spain's national team and is recovering from minor surgery now.

While he should only be out a few weeks, this brings up a very important question in my eyes: Where does his allegiance lie?

Should it be with his NBA hometown team Los Angeles, or for his nation of Spain?

I think each team should be allowed rights to him, but since he is at a high-risk of injury when playing for two teams is that right?

Maybe not.

I would take this into consideration: Since Los Angeles is paying him the big bucks he is receiving, that is where his main focus and allegiance should be.

I understand it is great the patriotism he is showing by going back to his country where it all began to show his respect by playing for them. 

But when Los Angeles is paying you, cheering for you, and loving you, you must keep them in the front of your mind concerning your health.

Sure this was only a minor injury.

What if it was a major one, though?

Imagine all the uproar it would not only cause in LA, but with every Laker fan in the nation. Or world.

Gasol plays a pivotal role in the Lakers chances of becoming a dynasty, and he should always remember that no matter where he is playing at (or should not be playing at) that the Lakers are his main focus.

Getting more rings for Laker nation should be his main focus.

So what do you think bleacher report?

Should he keep his main focus in Los Angeles by limiting his play strictly for LA? Or should he continue playing for other teams in the offseason away from Los Angeles?