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Lakers announce Pau Gasol will miss a minimum of 6-8 weeks with plantar fascia injury

Feb 7, 2013, 9:09 PM EDT

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This isn’t much different than the original estimate, but the Lakers have now made it somewhat official.

The team’s official release, in its entirety:

“Los Angeles Lakers forward/center Pau Gasol, who injured his right foot in Tuesday’s game against the Nets in Brooklyn, returned to Los Angeles from Boston this morning where he was examined by foot specialist Dr. Kenneth Jung.

“Jung’s diagnosis confirmed that Gasol has a tear of the plantar fascia in his right foot. Gasol is expected to be out a minimum of 6-8 weeks.”

The operative word there, of course, is “minimum.”

Eight weeks from today puts us at April 4, at which point the Lakers would have just seven games remaining in the regular season.

Many believe that the multiple injuries sustained by L.A. since the very beginning, ones that have legitimately impacted the team’s ability to have a chance to come together, will have contributed to the Lakers being so far out of contention by then that Gasol’s return won’t be necessary.

It’ll be up to the rest of the team, featuring most prominently an injured Dwight Howard, to give Gasol a reason to even bother getting ready to return this season.

  1. bougin89 - Feb 7, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    This is totally unrelated but I have to get this out there. I’m watching the TNT halftime show and Shaq is basically calling out Howard for not playing through injuries..(paraphrasing)”he had and played through a torn labrum”. OK Shaq was NOT durable. Howard is playing terrible and basically effortless from what I can see but damn, don’t be a hypocrite Shaq. I can’t stand 110% biased announcers/analysts. As a player Shaq was amazing, as analyst not so much…

  2. tannethrill - Feb 7, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Kobe just told Pau to man up and fight through in the name of the Buss fortune and Kobe’s legacy lol. This must be reminding Kobe of the year that Malone and Payton came there lol.

    • dmcannon99 - Feb 7, 2013 at 10:26 PM

      How so? Did Malone and Payton both suffer big-time injuries that season? Oh, and those Lakers made it to the finals, by the way.

  3. mazblast - Feb 7, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    How come KoMe isn’t publicly telling Gasol to “man up” or whatever? It’s the KoMe way to pick on someone who’s defenseless.

  4. BigBeachBall - Feb 7, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Dwight is just waiting for the howard era to begin…minus kobe…

  5. zblott - Feb 7, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    What’s the last season in which the Lakers had a winning record without Gasol in the lineup? This is about to get ugly for the purple and gold.

    • dmcannon99 - Feb 8, 2013 at 9:05 AM

      Why, it was the season before Gasol joined the Lakers, and the season before that. Perhaps you should check the history before asking questions…

      • zblott - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:15 AM

        So 6 years ago when the team went 42-40. Sounds like they should no problems without Gasol based on what you’re saying — 6 straight seasons of losing basketball without him, but before then, they were able to pull out a 51% winning percentage in a division with only one good team. Wow, I feel much better about the Lakers’ chances the rest of the way. Thanks for clearing that up.

  6. eventhorizon04 - Feb 7, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Pau Gasol’s injury + Jordan Hill being out for the year + Dwight Howard likely missing more time later this season due to his weakened shoulder pretty much spells the end of the Lakers’ theoretical size advantage coming into the season.

  7. cornbreadbbqred - Feb 7, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Hate to say it, but did we here peep from Kobe when Nash was healing? Besides, when is he going to man up like MJ and guard the teams other best skills player the entire game like MJ did when he won his last few rings in the twilight of his career. Now that’s a thought!

  8. jhuck92 - Feb 8, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    Gasol has been whining all season about wanting more playing time. Now he’ll be watching a good portion of the rest of the regular season from the bench. This is karma at it’s finest.

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