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Lakers’ Pau Gasol injures foot, leaves arena on crutches

Feb 5, 2013, 11:42 PM EDT

Los Angeles Lakers' Gasol sits on the floor with a member of the Lakers medical staff after suffering an injury to his right leg in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Reuters

As a general rule of thumb, when an athlete says he felt a pop in his body then felt a lot of pain, it’s not a good sign.

That’s what happened to Pau Gasol with just a few minutes left in the Lakers win over Brooklyn on Tuesday night. He was trying to defend Brook Lopez in the post when he said he felt a pop in his foot, and he went to the ground clearly in pain. He tried to play through it but a minute later he was headed to the locker room.

After the game he left the locker room on crutches. He will undergo an MRI Wednesday in Boston to determine the severity of the injury, tweets Lakers reporter Mike Trudell.

Gasol had been battling some plantar fasciitis this season, an inflammation of the tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. If that pop was a tear of plantar fascia Gasol could be out a few weeks, if it was a rupture that could be more like six weeks or more.

Gasol didn’t sound optimistic, as reported by Dave McMenamin at

“I tweaked my fascia in the first half, so I was dealing with quite a bit of soreness in the second half,” said Gasol, who left the game with 3:50 remaining. “So I couldn’t do certain things.

“I was dealing with it, but that play when I tried to jump off of it and try go block the shot (by Brooklyn’s Brook Lopez) just as I took off, I felt a pop in the bottom of my foot on my fascia and I couldn’t get up. I’m worried about it.”

The Lakers had won the last three games with Gasol starting in place of Dwight Howard, who is out with shoulder.

Howard said he didn’t know if he would play on Thursday when the Lakers take on the Celtics. The Lakers have already lost reserve big man Jordan Hill for the season with a hip injury. If Gasol is out — as it appears he will be — that will put more pressure on Howard to play. And play well, because the Lakers have looked better the last three games with Gasol starting at the five than they did with Howard in that role lately.

  1. steelers4385 - Feb 5, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Seriouslly cut this guy. Hes all done. Everytime this app loads one of first 3 stories is about a new injury to this guy.

    • monkeyhateclean - Feb 5, 2013 at 11:59 PM

      Huh? Ever heard of “guaranteed contracts”? This ain’t the NFL, you don’t just cut guys when they get hurt.

      The Lakers are stuck paying Gasol $38 million for the next 2 seasons, as they will NEVER be able to trade him now.

      So satisfying watching this team burn to the ground. Not even the Heat are more hate-able than LA.

    • fanofevilempire - Feb 6, 2013 at 7:12 AM

      this guy has crumbled ever since Kobe told him put on his big boy pants.
      I like his game on the championship teams but he is soft.

  2. lawest111 - Feb 6, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Lakers look better with Pau than Howard at center. Despite all of Dwight’s abilities he’s so raw for a guy that’s been in league for a number of years.

  3. halohonk - Feb 6, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Gasol was actually crying on the sidelines. Man he should be up for an oscar. The humanity! Those euro guys are so dramatic. reminds me of a soccer player. Kobe will find a way to will this beat up, dysfunctional, underachieving team to the playoffs. Say what you will about him you never see him whinning about being hurt. He brings it every night no matter what. As long as he is playing Lakers got a chance.

  4. yousuxxors - Feb 6, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    anyone else sick of all the laker news… for every 5 laker articles we get one on another team.

    • monkeyhateclean - Feb 6, 2013 at 1:35 AM

      Agree, unless its their players getting injured, or the city finally sinking into the Pacific.

      • manchestermiracle - Feb 6, 2013 at 10:26 AM

        You sound a lot like one of those losers that moved to L.A. from some no-name Midwest trailer park and got a rude awakening that you couldn’t make it there, either. And still pissed mommy had to wire you bus fare back home.

      • monkeyhateclean - Feb 10, 2013 at 11:03 PM

        Winner, winner, chicken dinner. Except it was YOUR mom who paid for my bus fare.

    • fanofevilempire - Feb 6, 2013 at 7:10 AM

      and yet you read them all……………..

  5. ultichiva - Feb 6, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    Trade Pau for tyreke EVANS…both not 100%…

  6. addict2sport - Feb 6, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    Can the Lakers get a roster exemption for Hill being out?

  7. qpoiu1 - Feb 6, 2013 at 2:38 AM

    his trade value goes downhill…he has looked well playing C but it will prevent them from eventually receiving a reasonable offer

    • 24thesho - Feb 6, 2013 at 5:05 AM

      It could be a blessing in disguise.

  8. 24thesho - Feb 6, 2013 at 5:06 AM

    …..for Pau.

  9. omniusprime - Feb 6, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    That’s a bad break for Pau who has already had a bad season having to endure an arrogant, ignorant coach like Dumbtoni who doesn’t respect or know how to best utilize Gasol. I hope it’s not as serious as some think but it probably is and it probably means Gasol is done for the next month or so.

    The Lakers have been so unlucky with injuries this year, they never had a chance to gel and without a great coach their season has been Mission Impossible. Dwight is going to have to suck it up on his ailing shoulder and go out and play. I guess Dumbtoni is happy he now has his small ball team because that’s all the Lakers have with Jordan Hill out for the season and Gasol likely out for over a month and Howard just being a lame duck.

    This is what the little idiot buss boy deserves for being so stupid in running the team into the ground. Now he has to accept the blame for making so many stupid moves like bringing in Ancient Trash Nash, not getting rid of Steve Flake and of course passing up Phil Jackson for Jerky Boy Dumbtoni!

    Fire Dumbtoni!!! Trade Trash Nash!!! Trade Steve Flake!!! Get Well Soon Dwight and Pau!!!

  10. Mr. Wright 212 - Feb 6, 2013 at 2:44 PM


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