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Pau Gasol gets PRP injection, posts photo

Feb 4, 2014, 12:20 PM EDT

Never say Pau Gasol didn’t learn a few things from Kobe Bryant. Such as if you are injured it’s fine to post photos of you getting an injection. Kobe did it earlier this season, then late Monday night Gasol posted this:

Gasol is out for the next week at least with a groin strain (he did not travel with the Lakers on their current three-game road trip) but he is getting treatment. With this Instagram photo Gasol wrote:

Today I got a PRP shot to help the healing of my groin injury. I will work hard to be back with the team as soon as possible.

PRP is the blood spinning procedure best known as what Kobe has had done to his knee in Germany (that’s a little different, but the idea is the same).

Gasol’s name mostly has come up in trade rumors, most notably to the Phoenix Suns (hey Gasol, best medical staff in the NBA, great for older players, just ask Steve Nash). However, the Suns wisely want to see Gasol in action again before getting too serious with trade talks.

  1. asimonetti88 - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    Ouch, that can’t be an enjoyable place to get an injection

    • sonnysuave - Feb 4, 2014 at 2:25 PM

      Agreed. To get a shot in that region… BALLSY (pun intended)!

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Feb 4, 2014 at 3:43 PM

      Mamba taught him well.

  2. fanofthegame79 - Feb 4, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    This article makes a GREAT point: the Phoenix Suns training staff is the best in the NBA (far and away, from what players have said after leaving Phoenix). Shaq did much better with this training staff, Grant Hill and Steve Nash both enjoyed a lengthened career due to the Suns trainers…it might not be a bad fit at all for Gasol!

  3. redmond24 - Feb 4, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    I think this is Gasol reminding Phoenix, phoenix fans, and any other possible suitors that he is kinda prone to injury and to not think about trading him.

    Smart move I think since he obviously wants to stay in LA.

    • Professor Fate - Feb 5, 2014 at 3:27 AM

      His contract is up after this year. Why would he want to stay in a place that is going to let him go whether he’s traded or not? He likely isn’t going to retire after this year so why wouldn’t he want to go somewhere he’s wanted, has a chance at playing in the playoffs, and can showcase his talents to attract a new contract from the Suns or another team next year?

  4. antistratfordian - Feb 4, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    This procedure was only removed from the World Anti-Doping Agency’s list of banned methods in 2011. Kobe went to Germany mere months after it was removed from the list. I wonder what other banned methods Kobe is eager to pounce on.

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 4, 2014 at 6:23 PM

      Not illegal, has been determined to not enhance performance unnaturally, who cares?

      • Professor Fate - Feb 4, 2014 at 9:50 PM

        Don’t encourage the trolls by replying to them.

      • casualcommenter - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:18 AM

        And Greg Oden, a member of his favorite team, used it a couple of years ago.

        So Oden is just like Kobe, a guy who has used treatments that were previously banned. I guess if he’s an intellectually honest fan, he’ll start trashing Oden too, right?

      • asimonetti88 - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:20 AM

        Dwayne Wade had PRP treatment during the 2012-2013 regular season.

      • Professor Fate - Feb 5, 2014 at 3:31 AM

        C’mon guys, anti has a Kobe-hate boner. Bryant could stop his car on the freeway on the way to Staples Center, pull four children from a burning car and save their mom’s poodle, and all anti would write about is how Bryant’s car was blocking traffic.

    • casualcommenter - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:16 AM

      What’s funny about your comment is that Greg Oden underwent this exact same procedure back to try to help his recovery a couple of years ago, so like Kobe, he was eager to try a previously banned procedure.

      I feel bad for Heat fans when I read your comments. You really make them all look stupid by association. You’ve implied that PRP is a shady treatment that Kobe pounced on, but at least one member of your favorite team is a confirmed user of it.

      You’d really think a guy who spends all his time trolling this site would have read about Oden getting this very same procedure. I guess that’s why nobody here has accused you of being smart.

      • antistratfordian - Feb 5, 2014 at 9:49 PM

        Good for Greg Oden! But the Heat are not my favorite team so you’re barking up the wrong tree there.

        I wasn’t really implying anything about PRP being shady. It’s Kobe that’s shady. I believe he does questionable things besides Regenokine therapy – his massive weight loss before the 2008 and 2012 olympics being a red flag. His BFF being A-Rod is another red flag.

    • ranfan12 - Feb 5, 2014 at 3:38 PM

      your keyboard must be broken because there’s no way someone can type nonsense like that oer and over, and over again

      • antistratfordian - Feb 5, 2014 at 4:41 PM

        your brain is broken

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