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Pau Gasol diagnosed with mild plantar fasciitis, probable Friday

Dec 27, 2012, 8:51 PM EDT

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Pau Gasol, just back three games after sitting out eight due to tendonitis in his knees, now has another body wear-and-tear injury pop up.

Following an MRI, Gasol was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, tweets official Lakers.com reporter Mike Trudell. However, Gasol is listed as probable for the Lakers game Friday against Portland.

Plantar fasciitis is an irritation of the thick tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot that makes it painful to do things like run and jump. Or play basketball. It’s a fairly common issue for basketball players and it comes in degrees of severity.

While there are stretches and boots and socks and whatever else to help with plantar fasciitis, the only real cure is rest. Otherwise it can linger and worsen.

Gasol was shooting some threes against Denver, pretending to be a stretch four and trying to find his way in Mike D’Antoni’s offense. It’s been and up and down process, to be kind about it. But he is doing better at it than Dwight Howard lately.

We will see how the Lakers deal with Gasol and his latest malady. I’d suggest cutting back his minutes but that doesn’t seem to be Mike D’Antoni’s plan with any of his players.

  1. hoodheisman - Dec 27, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    We want Phil!!!
    We want Phil!!!
    We want Phil!!!

    • cosanostra71 - Dec 27, 2012 at 11:51 PM

      yeah we do but he’s not coming unfortunately.

  2. jerdogthompson - Dec 27, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    What the Lakers need is to find the fountain of youth. 5 years ago this same team would be 24-2 or something like that. That age issue has absolutely nothing to do with coaching. Sorry.

  3. dko83 - Dec 28, 2012 at 2:05 AM

    Pau Gasol diagnosed with cushy softness. Fixed.

  4. fanofevilempire - Dec 28, 2012 at 7:51 AM

    He better put on his BIG boy pants and play thru the pain………………..

    imagine if he told Kobe his foot hurt and he can’t play.

    oh boy!

  5. progress2011 - Dec 28, 2012 at 8:22 AM

    It’s called,

    1. Rest him up
    2. get him healthy
    3. avoid any potential injury

    So we can trade him

  6. telergy - Dec 28, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Planter Fasciitis is a bish!

    Only way it heals is with time. It can be very painful to run and jump on it. I wonder if hes switched shoes or is just burnt out from this summer and this season?

  7. paulhargis53 - Dec 28, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    Fan, is that what you say when you take it in the keister? Oh boy!

  8. mazblast - Jan 1, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    News flash: David Stern is having an emergency rule passed that bans plantar fascitis. He denies that this is an attempt to help one of his favored teams, the Lakers.

    “The scourge of plantar fascitis has plagued the league for far too long. It makes for uncompetitive games and prolonged player absences. The recent diagnosis of one of my pet teams’ star players with this condition and my determination to get him back on the court so his team and my Eastern Conference Designated Winner can meet in The Finals has nothing to do with my latest diktat.”

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