Pau Gasol has torn plantar fascia on right foot
Pau Gasol was diagnosed with a torn plantar fascia in his right
foot Wednesday, indefinitely sidelining the 7-foot Spaniard at a
key point in the Los Angeles Lakers’ belated rally to get in
Gasol felt a pop in his foot Tuesday night late in the Lakers’
92-83 victory over the Brooklyn Nets. An MRI in Boston revealed the
The Lakers (23-26) are losing Gasol right when their mostly
miserable season is starting to improve with six wins in seven
games, including three straight on their longest road trip of the
season. Los Angeles also played the last three games without
All-Star center Dwight Howard, who has a torn labrum in his right
shoulder, and top backup big man Jordan Hill is out for the season
with an injured hip.
”I’m hoping to recover asap so I can be back with the team and
keep fighting until the end of the season,” Gasol tweeted.
Gasol will fly to Los Angeles on Thursday to be examined by team
physician Steve Lombardo and foot specialist Kenneth Jung. The
Lakers announced they will give a timeline for Gasol’s return after
the examination, but the injury conceivably could keep Gasol out
for several weeks or more if he undergoes surgery to repair the
Gasol has been bothered by tendinitis in both knees and
fasciitis for at least two months, hindering his progress since
shortly after new coach Mike D’Antoni took over. The four-time
All-Star big man also missed five games in January with a
concussion, and Gasol largely has been coming off the bench for the
Lakers since then.
Gasol is averaging a career-low 13.4 points per game and 8.0
rebounds while playing in just 36 of the Lakers’ 49 games.
The Lakers finish their seven-game road trip with three games in
four days, starting Thursday in Boston and concluding Sunday in
Miami. Rookie center Robert Sacre is available to D’Antoni, and
Howard isn’t certain when he’ll return from an injury that’s
troublesome, but likely manageable.
Salary cap-strapped Los Angeles could sign a replacement for
Gasol after getting a disabled player’s exception last week for
Hill, who had season-ending hip surgery. But the pool of available
free-agent big men is awfully thin, including Lakers retreads such
as Troy Murphy and Brian Cook.