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Pau Gasol has partial tear of plantar fascia, out at least six weeks

Feb 6, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

Los Angeles Lakers' Gasol falls to the floor with an injury to his right leg in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in Brooklyn Reuters

You can take all your Pau Gasol deadline trade deals and walk them over to the trash can…

Gasol will be out for six weeks with a partially torn plantar fascia, tweets Ken Berger of The Lakers confirmed he is out but refused to provide a timetable until he gets a second opinion. But six weeks is the minimum and the injury announcement was expected after Gasol said he heard a pop in his foot late in the Lakers win over the Nets Tuesday. Berger had a few more details.

Gasol would be back in late March if he just gets rehab, in time to help the Lakers during their playoff push. Surgery could cost him the rest of the season.

The plantar fascia is the thick membrane that runs along the bottom of the foot. Gasol had been suffering inflammation there — a pretty common situation among NBA players — and the treatment is primarily rest. But Gasol played through it and… here we are.

The Lakers had been 3-0 with Pau Gasol as the starter since Dwight Howard went down with a shoulder injury. The Lakers also are without backup big Jordan Hill, out for the season following hip surgery.

This is going to put more pressure on Howard to step up and perform — the Lakers playoff chances basically will ride on what his bad back and shoulder can support. A banged up Howard has not lived up to expectations in Los Angeles, but this is the kind of situation where people expect their stars to step up and take charge.

It’s on Howard to do that.

  1. ihavenonickname - Feb 6, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Well crap. What a rough season.

  2. cantstoplebron6 - Feb 6, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    I don’t even see them gettin to the 8th hahaJames all day

  3. paulhargis53 - Feb 6, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    This season couldn’t happen to a better fanbase!

    • cosanostra71 - Feb 6, 2013 at 6:53 PM

      Do you root for fanbases or teams? You never actually comment on teams, just fans. Seems odd to me.

      • losangelesfan - Feb 6, 2013 at 7:08 PM

        Don’t feed the troll.

  4. ghelton03 - Feb 6, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Lakers need two centers, so that they have one center to play half of the time.

  5. cosanostra71 - Feb 6, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    I hope Pau gets healthy soon. It has certainly been a rough season for him.

  6. miamatt - Feb 6, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    I’d bet he opts for surgery, as the long term prognosis is better down that path. Lakers might well go down in flames with or without him; couple that with the likelihood they try to trade him over the summer, and it seems like a no-brainer.

    • mazblast - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:08 PM

      He’s damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t. If he opts for the surgery, the irrational element among the team’s fans (which is considerable) will be on him, and if the team fails to make the playoffs, the media will blame him. If he opts for so-called rehab, he’s doing himself a disservice, as surgery seems to be inevitable when this kind of injury occurs.

    • deadeyedesign23 - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:25 PM

      If I was him I’d do the same thing. The Lakers have been bending over backwards to cash in on this dude for 2 years. Take whichever option has the best chance of 100% recovery, collect your Laker paychecks and then come back next year for your next contract.

  7. isujames - Feb 6, 2013 at 7:48 PM


  8. paulhargis53 - Feb 6, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    I root for teams. I take great satisfaction in this delusional fanbase of yours going through a season such as this though.

    • jimeejohnson - Feb 6, 2013 at 8:35 PM

      Enjoy the blizzard.

    • mytthor - Feb 6, 2013 at 9:39 PM

      Delusional, huh? Which delusions are those? Did I imagine all those banners?

      • loungefly74 - Feb 6, 2013 at 9:49 PM

        thats a great point. when a team has been consistently great for 30 years…is it delusional to think that they would be great for another year and years to come?

        delusional? lets see…those would be fans who think teams like the….bucks, kings, pelicans, bobcats, pistons, cavs, etc…have a chance this year (or any year!). heck, lets take this a step further…recent long time members of delusional fanclub were the clippers and sonics…errr thunder…ya get my point.

        about pau. well, dang. that sucks. it will truly be the kobe show. i hope earl continues to step up. he is rising.

  9. paulhargis53 - Feb 6, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Aaaaand there it is mytthor! Let’s trot out the trophies won in years past when the current team is sub .500.The last one was won going on 3 years ago.
    This is why your fanbase is detested. You don’t win the title in any given year, the response is ” we got 16 in the rafters”

    Nobody cares! Those titles have nothing to do with the current season.

    This is exactly why I say it couldn’t happen to a better fanbase, you 70 win predicting, the title is ours before a single game is played, homeristic, over the top, know nothing fanbase.

    By the way, if you want to talk old titles, 17>16. Win 8 in a row and 11 out of 13, then get back to us…until then, shut the hell up.
    Your fanbase bought and paid for the abuse being given to you.

    • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Feb 7, 2013 at 4:54 AM

      Hey doofus, what’s your empirical proof that the majority of the fanbase that you’re dissing is actually what you’re saying. What you got IS JUST YOUR DELUSIONAL PERCEPTION.

      Compared to all NBA teams, which team has been the most consistent in winning, titles included?

      8 in a row and 11 out of 13 during years when Martin Luther King Jr’s presence and cause were very significant? A time when you got a number of NBA teams the total of probably two divisions in the present league?

      No, you shut the hell up.

      Get a lobotomy. You need it, gluteswipe.

  10. seattlenative57 - Feb 6, 2013 at 9:57 PM


    put down the pipe. you either delusional or out yo monkey mind. stfu

    • loungefly74 - Feb 7, 2013 at 10:54 AM

      delusional? seattle? oh…i see…hurt feelings of losing a team. how about you STFU?

  11. themagicfanguy - Feb 6, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    @loungefly What’s funny is that the Bucks have a way better chance to win the Finals than the Lakers.

    • loungefly74 - Feb 7, 2013 at 10:55 AM

      great point…but i’m a fan of history…how have the bucks been the past 30 years? you really think they got a shot? this year? or any of the following 10-20 years?

  12. scottheis82 - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    @paulhargis what’s hilarious is a fan of an aging team clinging to the 8th seed in the eastern conference commenting on an aging team clinging to the 10th seed in the western conference… and you have the audacity to act like Lakers fans are so terrible, your team sucks and you come on an injury update to talk trash… wow didn’t see any of the despicable Lakers fans poking at you when Rondo got hurt

    • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Feb 7, 2013 at 5:01 AM


      paul got owned on this one. Well played.

  13. theripster30 - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Helin proving his worthlessness again. Why should it (drastically) matter if Gasol is out for six weeks when you talk about him being traded? Bogut was done for the season last year (with career in question) when the Warriors gave away Monta Ellis and Udoh to get him. Most who would take Gasol either want him for the playoffs this year, or to have a nice piece to rebuild with for next year. Trading for Pau is still practical on both counts.

  14. magicbucs - Feb 7, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    At paul… Couldn’t of said it better myself. Laker teams/titles in the past don’t mean ANYTHING in the 2012/13 season.

    • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Feb 7, 2013 at 5:19 AM

      Of course it doesn’t. We all know that. It’s stupid people like you who think that we think that way. I don’t recall telling myself that

      When we take pride on the banners this franchise has, we are talking about its collective greatness, compared to your pathetic franchise that hasn’t even gotten any. Won’t you feel good about your franchise if you had our banners instead?

      If anything, Lakers fans generally perceive the team to be contenders and not doormats. Can you blame them when the franchise has been CONSISTENT THROUGH THE DECADES? Why blame us when many of us were elated to know that Nash and Howard were going to be wearing purple and gold? I bet other teams and their fanbase would like their chances if they had these two in their roster as well. Its hypocrisy to say otherwise. Doesn’t even matter if Nash won’t be a starter for other teams. He has still something to bring on the table.

      Gadz, you haters are really stupid. Really. It’s amazing to know that you can use the internet and make it this far to even make a post.

      • loungefly74 - Feb 7, 2013 at 11:09 AM

        exactly, Foul. well said.

        do Laker fans know this season is going bad? of course we do. doesn’t mean i stop rooting for my team. the whole delusional talk is ridiculous. Laker fans have a lot to be proud of…a rare bad season does not change that.

        soooo…if we were to take what they say to heart and go by that philosophy…that means at the beginning of the (every) season: to have no expectations, not care about prized FA’s coming to the team, disregard what Vegas put great odds of you winning, disregard past (recent) success, etc????who does that? i am a fan. i support my team. i go to these particular Laker sites because i support my team. now…for the guys who come here to troll or whatever…well, i don’t share that paradigm of living…its wasteful.

      • spthegr8 - Feb 7, 2013 at 2:26 PM

        @foul & @ Scott & @ lounge
        Just now reading some of the ” TROLLS” comments and I was getting ready to join in. But looks y’all pretty much SHUT IT DOWN!!! Good job fella’s!! Well done!!

    • scottheis82 - Feb 7, 2013 at 9:58 AM

      Magicbucs: “Gee, Paulhargis53 what do you want to do tonight?”
      Paulhargis53: “The same thing we do every night, Magicbucs—troll on Lakers stories!”
      They’re magicbucs and paulhargis53 Yes, magicbucs and paulhargis, One is a Celtics fan The other’s just insane.
      Pinky and the brain of PBT….

      • loungefly74 - Feb 7, 2013 at 10:58 AM

        holy sh*t…that was hilarious.

        hey, i respect opposing comments…but yeah…in the end…you guys are Trolls.

  15. Foul Dwimmerlaik - Feb 7, 2013 at 5:22 AM

    * I don’t recall telling myself that the Lakers have the championship in the bag as soon as I found out that Nash and Howard are in the Lakers’ roster. I loved our CHANCES though. Who wouldn’t?

    • danfrommv - Feb 7, 2013 at 11:57 AM

      I felt the same way. Before DH and Nash, I thought the Lakers were doomed to a 1-and-done or maybe exiting in the 2nd round (for the 3rd straight year). With them, I thought they had a chance to contend, but certainly didn’t consider them favorites, even in the Western Conference. I don’t think that is delusional, I think that is accurate.

      The only person who I heard say it was a lock was Ron Metta World Artest Peace. And his lucidity is extremely questionable.

  16. Foul Dwimmerlaik - Feb 7, 2013 at 5:25 AM

    Misery loves company. paul and magicbucs’ teams aren’t doing good and they choose to talk smack against the Lakers just to make them feel good about themselves.


    Get a life guys. Attend to your respective teams instead. They need you more over there.

    • loungefly74 - Feb 7, 2013 at 11:12 AM

      they remind me of my arsehole brother…always angry…always upset…still stewing about his failed marriage from several years ago…still trying to get her back…its horrible. i try to say something but his hatred blocks out all reasoning.

  17. 32magicman - Feb 7, 2013 at 5:42 AM

    Now D’antoni gets his chance to small ball run and gun. At least Jamison will get a decent run now. I think this injury actually increases the chances of a Gasol trade, not the opposite. He seems to be very injury prone and it may be time to move him on even if it wont be a like for like deal.

  18. paulhargis53 - Feb 7, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    Spin it any way you like. One only has to type in a name on google, like so-


    Read the comments to the articles dated at the time of the trades. 95% of the fanbase was saying the title was the lakers.

    I dont care when the Celtics did it, it was still done. Bulls of Jordan years are the closest anyone came. It isn’t easy to do in any era, and for you to scoff at the timeframe only shows your envy and bias.

    I didn’t place my Celtics in the finals in preseason. I so did not take joy in Paus injury, I took joy in the fact that he’s a laker, and your detestable fanbase deserves any misery heaped upon them.

    .Keep dusting off the trophies, you STILL don’t have as many as Boston.

    Lakers will always be the Celtics little brothers, always.

    As I stated, the smarmy “we deserve greatness”attitude, the putting down of small market teams, it all adds up.

    Your fanbase deserves about 10 years of bad basketball. Just think of all the time you would have to talk about those banners that have zilch to do with the current team!

  19. omniusprime - Feb 7, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    You can kiss off any chances for the Lakers to make the playoffs now, best thing that could happen now is to lose every game until Dumbtoni is fired and Trash Nash and Steve Flake get traded away for a real good young point guard like Kyrie Irving. Pau should opt for surgery and the long term recovery rather than rush back and chance an even worse injury. So sad that Pau was playing his best this season when he goes down to injury.

    This is the karma that that little idiot buss boy has brought down on our beloved Lakers. I’m glad the little idiot buss boy has to suffer the ignominy of such a horrid season but he needs to have his own hubris rubbed in his nose. We can only hope that Daddy Buss wakes up and fires his worthless devil spawn so he can reward his faithful daughter Jeanie with the wedding present of running the Lakers with her new husband Phil Jackson.

    I’m sure that Dumbtoni is jumping with glee that he now gets to run his worthless losing small ball garbage. I hope the Celtics wipe the Lakers off the court tonight to begin the run of losses that get Dumbtoni fired. Total sacrilege to root for the C’s to beat my beloved Lakers but getting rid of Dumbtoni is the most important thing to accomplish the remainder of the season.

    Fire Dumbtoni!!! Get Well Soon Gasol!!!

    • heat256 - Feb 7, 2013 at 12:38 PM

      Um, who are you gonna trade to get Irving? Earl Clark? This is why Lakers fans are called delusional. They are due for a bottoming out. Haward is no franchise centerpiece but a very good complimentary player. If he’s your franchise player you are screwed. Let them go the lottery route. They may be better in the long run.

      • heat256 - Feb 7, 2013 at 12:38 PM


    • unxpexted1 - Feb 7, 2013 at 12:38 PM

      As a lakers fan, I wholeheartedly disagree with all of this. I couldnt fathom EVER rooting for the Celtics under any circumstance.

  20. paulhargis53 - Feb 7, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    spt: Won?! ahahaha!!! Who “wins” an internet argument? An argument based on opinions?! Thanks for the laugh, dope.

    Past titles are all well and good, hell the Celtics have 17. It’s just that most logical fans don’t feel the need to trot them out when the going is tough(like being 4games under .500 and in 10th place.)
    (Or when a team is 1-8 in its last two season ending playoff series).

    Why can’t you just accept that your team stinks? Why must you revert to titles that are going on 3 years old and older? 5 of which were won I’m Minneapolis?

    It’s about THIS season. If its not? 17>16.

    • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Feb 8, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      You keep on insisting that it is about this season when we trot out those banners. Obviously you have a reading impediment. Explaining it to you is like pulling teeth from a monkey.

      Paul, an argument can be based on opinions from both sides for as long as it is rational. Goodness, opinions can be based on facts but not the other way around.

      Let me repeat bird brain, and try to counter this argument. Hell, let’s remove those 5 Minneapolis titles and remove your 11 of 13.

      You conveniently dodged this one, paul. Remember this?

      “Hey doofus, what’s your empirical proof that the majority of the fanbase that you’re dissing is actually what you’re saying. What you got IS JUST YOUR DELUSIONAL PERCEPTION.

      Compared to all NBA teams, which team has been the most consistent in winning, titles included?

      8 in a row and 11 out of 13 during years when Martin Luther King Jr’s presence and cause were very significant? A time when you got a number of NBA teams the total of probably two divisions in the present league?

      No, you shut the hell up.

      Get a lobotomy. You need it, gluteswipe.”

      Your 11 out of 13 came at a time that there was no equal opportunity for everyone to join the NBA. How many Magics, Jordans, Kobes, LeBrons, and Durants do you think didn’t make it during that era? The likes of Chamberlain and Russell were exceptions and not regular occurrences.

      How come the Celtics or any other NBA team for that matter can’t produce championship teams of the same make up given that there is now equal opportunity for everyone?

    • spthegr8 - Feb 8, 2013 at 2:54 PM

      Seems I touched a nerve huh?? Your welcome for the laugh also. It seems I am not the only one who has u figured out. You spend more time bashing our team, then you do supporting your own team. Just a bitter “TROLL”!!! & EVERYBODY knows it!! Just Saying!!

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