After being decimated by injuries last season, the last thing Memphis Grizzlies fans want to hear is one of the team’s top players is hurt before the regular season tips off.
During last night’s game against the Rockets, Memphis fans held their collective breath when Gasol was subbed out went tot he locker room with an apparent ankle injury. Declared nothing more than a sore right ankle, Gasol insisted that he was okay, telling ESPN that he was getting his ankle iced:
“I didn’t have to leave the game. I got subbed out,” said Gasol, who played 20 minutes of the Grizzlies’ 134-125 victory. “Then just used (the time on the bench) to get some ice and remove my ankle tape. That was all.”
Gasol went to the locker room after exiting the game and returned in the fourth quarter. During the overtimes, he was standing up and walking around with no problems. At one point, he was bouncing up and down in front of the Grizzlies’ bench during a timeout.
Gasol played in just 52 games last season and underwent surgery in February to repair a non-displaced Type II fracture of the navicular bone in his right foot. The former Defensive Player of the Year took to Twitter to reiterate that he was fine:
— Marc Gasol (@MarcGasol) October 16, 2016