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Pau Gasol to be sidelined three months after undergoing knee procedure

May 9, 2013, 9:49 PM EDT

Kobe Bryant AP

As we told you on Wednesday, Pau Gasol underwent a procedure to remove scar tissue from his patellar tendons in both knees non-surgically.

The procedure, called the FAST technique, was successfully completed Thursday morning, the Lakers announced via official release.

Next week, Gasol will receive stem cell injections in order to help stimulate regeneration of his tissue. He’s expected to be ready to return to basketball activities in approximately 12 weeks.

Three months is a long time off, obviously, but it will still give Gasol two months to get ready for the start of the next NBA season. Whether or not that will be as a member of the Lakers is very much up in the air, and likely won’t be sorted out until after free agency opens (and the fate of Dwight Howard has been decided) sometime later this summer.

Gasol missed a total of 33 games due to injury, and averaged 13.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 33.8 minutes per game this season.

  1. mazblast - May 9, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    This is a smart move by a player I don’t ordinarily associate with “smart”. Get it done, get your rehab going, get everything done in time for next season. The sooner you get necessary work done, the longer you have in case there are setbacks; and the older you are, the more likely setbacks are to happen.

    • Kurt Helin - May 11, 2013 at 2:43 AM

      You don’t associate Pau Gasol with smart? Really?

  2. badintent - May 10, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    Hurry up and get well Pau. With sheen retired and Camby to follow , Knicks will have the $$$ to sign you.We like old guys that everyone else says are washed up.

  3. carolinabluesince95 - May 10, 2013 at 3:11 AM

    Whoever he plays for needs to stick him to the post. That’s for sure.

    • manchestermiracle - May 11, 2013 at 1:25 AM

      I’d rather see him “in” the post rather than stuck “to” it….

  4. erckle31 - May 10, 2013 at 6:44 AM

    Haha dream on, bro. Lakers are keepin’ him.

  5. paulhargis53 - May 10, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    Ha! Their best trade chip is down for 3 months. So much for trading him til he pproves on the court he’s healthy!

    Side note. KB2408, aka lakerluver….. get lost , you lost a bet. Get gone.

    Signed, kobeluver. (malt, my posts with this moniker fail to show up,sorry)

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