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Lakers Pau Gasol could be out a lot longer than one game

Dec 4, 2012, 3:47 PM EDT

Pau Gasol AP

There is only one real cure for tendinitis — rest.

And the Lakers are going to give Pau Gasol all he needs.

Gasol will sit out Tuesday night as the Lakers start a three-game road trip in Houston and he is listed as day-to-day, but Lakers coach Mike told ESPNLA.com they will rest him until he is healthy.

“We got to get him healthy,” D’Antoni said. “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.”

This is bound to start some people saying “they are resting him so he doesn’t get hurt before the trade goes down.” No. That’s not it. That’s not what any league source is saying right now. The Lakers are not shopping Gasol… yet. ESPN covered the yet.

However, a source told ESPNLosAngeles.com that Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak has recently spoken to Gasol’s representatives and the gist of the conversation was that if Gasol is unable to adjust to D’Antoni’s system, the team will have no choice but to search for possible trade scenarios.

The Lakers want to have a healthy Gasol and a healthy Steve Nash and see what they’ve got, then make adjustments if they have to.

It may just be a while before we see that.

  1. eureca323 - Dec 4, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    Its for the best. He can hardly jump or run. He needs to get healthy before he can impact the Lakers the way he normally could.

    • dls612 - Dec 4, 2012 at 4:47 PM

      Oh so this is why the Lakers are not the dominant team most people thought they would be! It’s pau knees! Question! Do u really think it matters?

      • paleihe - Dec 4, 2012 at 4:57 PM

        No, being a dominant team takes time. They’ll adjust. They’ll be good to by, injuries aside, right after the All Star Game.

        And yes, if your knees hurt, it’s very difficult to make a decent contribution. So the knee issue definitely matters.

      • eureca323 - Dec 4, 2012 at 4:57 PM

        I never said that is the reason Lakers aren’t dominate right now, but yes it clearly matters if Pau is hurt. He is a key peace to the team that can barely move.

    • dls612 - Dec 4, 2012 at 6:03 PM

      ok my point is do it matter? cause that system wont work for pau just ask the knicks! and time is something the lakers dont have!

  2. ihavenonickname - Dec 4, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Obviously, he’ll spend the time looking for his big boy pants.

  3. chargerdillon - Dec 4, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    Bad knees is code for a bruised vagina

    • HotHotHeat - Dec 4, 2012 at 5:16 PM

      Lol! Best comment I’ve seen on here in a while.

  4. magicbucs - Dec 4, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    I hear a small violin playing….

  5. paulhargis53 - Dec 4, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    And the hits just keep on coming. Couldn’t happen to a better fanbase…

  6. spideysdog - Dec 4, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Dear Jim,

    Yet another sign of quite a great idea. Spit in the face of the man that holds 11 championship rings to hire D’Antonio. Yep, this will work out. About as good of an idea as injecting Shaq into Phoenix. Phil knows a thing or two about Pau, Kobe, Metta et al. As for the triangle and Howard and Pau? Phil ALMOST made Bill Cartwright and Bill Wennington relevant. I think he could work with these two.

    Your ego just cost Kobe that elusive last ring. Congrats.

    Signed,

    Lakers Fan

  7. lowtalker - Dec 4, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    so now we know he was not performing well because of health issues. . . has Kobe apologized yet?
    Paul needs rest not big boy pants. Kobe should have kept his pants on when he was in Colorado. . .

  8. jerdogthompson - Dec 4, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    Tssk, tssk, tssk

    Man I tell ya, it seems like yesterday when it was preseason and I along with everyone else had to listen to the contrived comments spewing for the Laker homers. Man this like an NBA2K13 team we win it all guaranteed. Or this is the best team on paper in the NBA period.

    Despite my constant and what probably seemed boring repeat of the issues I foresaw the rants continued. Now it’s getting to be pre-crunch time and now what? The games don’t matter either? The do matter cause if Lakers get to the playoffs (big if) as a 6 to 8 seed they are freaking toast. Facing OKC or Spurs is emanate doom. I’m kinda bummed though, would much rather have the Clipps manhandle this team in prime time to shut the pie hole of every fair weather fan in the city.

    Enjoy mediocrity ladies, enjoy you truly deserve it. Now sit back, relax and watch Harden go for 30-8-3 in a 17 point beat tonight.

  9. jerdogthompson - Dec 4, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    I misspoke, what I meant to say was rockets would be down by 17 for the come back win. In a night where harden goes what 4-17? Laughable meat. Freaking laughable.

    BWAAAAAHHHHAAAAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    This just in……….Lakers FO confirms loss due to a breakout of yeast infection in the locker room. Details at 11.

    BWAAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

  10. paulwoodsby - Dec 5, 2012 at 5:07 AM

    That makes three worthless “all-stars”.

  11. omniusprime - Dec 5, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    No wonder Pau has been playing poorly lately, both of his knees are trashed. First Ancient Nash, now Gasol, riding the pine with injuries. Here everyone was worried about Howard’s back. I hope Pau recovers fully soonest and can get back to being one of the great players of the NBA.

    Go Gasol!!! Go Lakers!!! Fire Dumbtoni!!!

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