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Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 at 1:34 pm  |  52 responses

Pau Gasol to Sit Out Indefinitely Due to Knee Tendinitis


The knee tendinitis issues that have plagued Pau Gasol so far this season have been well-documented: his jumping and running abilities have been severely hampered, leading to fan anger and public criticism from teammates. Tonight in Houston, and perhaps the next few games, Gasol will be in street attire. Per the Lakers’ website: “Pau Gasol, who’s been hampered by tendinitis in both knees this season, will miss the team’s Tuesday night contest at Houston. The Lakers play on Wednesday night at New Orleans and Friday at Oklahoma City on the current 3-game road trip; Gasol is listed as ‘day-to-day,’ so his status for those games has yet to be determined. [...] His knees began to bother him in training camp, when he sat out only one game for rest, and have gotten to the point where the Lakers thought it best to give him some rest. Gasol did not play in the final moments of L.A.’s Sunday loss to Orlando primarily because he was not moving well. [...] ‘Pau is struggling a little bit physically,’ said coach Mike D’Antoni after the game. ‘His knees are bothering him and I just didn’t see him moving real good. Again, a lot of our offense is spreading the floor and I like Antawn (Jamison) where he is. But I’m not going to go away from Pau. He’ll get better physically, and as soon as he gets over this and that, he’ll be better.’ [...] Antawn Jamison is expected to start in Gasol’s place, with Jordan Hill likely coming off the bench. Earl Clark could also see some reserve minutes, depending on the flow of the game. Meanwhile, Chris Duhon will replace Darius Morris in the starting line up at the point guard slot, potentially taking away some of the ballhandling demands that have been put on Kobe Bryant in the absence of Steve Nash and Steve Blake.”

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  • Max

    Harden would’ve killed him..

  • http://www.facebook.com/jay.brodes Jay Brodes

    jamison will spread the floor. addition by subtraction. not hating on pau but he just does not fit in with the offense. i think d’antoni needs to find a way to make pau effective but for now jamision is more valuable. blake in this offense is going to be lights out with or without nash. he can be a spot up shooter. have kb play point in pick and role and kick it to blake on wing or in corner..lights out!

  • K_HOLIDAY

    Translation: Hey Kobe, I’ll sit on the sideline with my big boy pants on… Let’s see if you guys do better without me!

  • Drig’r

    THANK YOU FOR USING COMMON SENSE!! Just worried that this’ll mean one more guy Kobe’s gonna lose trust quickly in if team can’t get into its rhythm.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    This team is gonna have hella problems.. Too many components they don’t understand

  • LakeShow

    Like what?

  • Junior Taylor

    I wonder who Laker fans will blame now that their favorite whipping boy isn’t playing? Dwight, step on up.

  • roscoe

    rumor is LAL & CLE are looking to trade Pau for Varejo w/ a third team involved w/ 1st round picks.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    adjustments, gelling, figuring out all the x;s and o’s.. all that nba stuff

  • http://twitter.com/DPisWill DePaul Williams

    Kobe’s response: “Go ahead and sit down like a little biiiooooottttccchhh” lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/evan.boland Evan Boland

    Lakers got some serious problems.

  • roscoe

    i thought you were going to say new handshakes and matching shoes.

  • LakeShow

    Oh that stuff. Good call. Great incite.

  • manhandled

    Jamison of course.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    never had it in the knee but damn…tendonitis is a btch

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    If the Lakers had enough time to do there dam pre game handshake routines then maybe they wouldn’t be struggling so much!!!!

  • Caboose

    My money goes on Metta. For not hitting the open 3′s Kobe so often and easily gives him.

  • Caboose

    I see what you did there.

  • Caboose

    Why would LA do that? Varejao is 30 years old, a center, and unable to shoot. I’m sure he’d fit great next to Dwight.

  • Yesse

    He probably doesn’t have any health issues, but it’s a good move. Now they can see how are they gonna do without him and if they still lose, they can’t blame him.

  • Caboose

    Only to Lakers fans is Steve Blake a knock down shooter.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i think the more pressing question is why would Cleveland do that?

  • Caboose

    BECAUSE TYLER ZELLER NEEDS TO START!!!!!! Idk.

  • Caboose

    I have and man, if you try to play through it (which you can), it’ll just knock you on your ass eventually. Looks like Pau finally made the smart move.

  • LakeShow

    Shhhh…

  • LakeShow

    lol…
    He is compared to the rest of the fellas on the squad.

  • http://www.facebook.com/evan.boland Evan Boland

    If LA got Varejo. Omg. Dwight and Varejo rebounding tandem? Jesus. Scary.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    Gasol for Bargnani

  • roscoe

    the deal is that CLE would get draft picks & third team involved would get Pau.

  • roscoe

    the CLE thought is that Varejao is at his most valuable point and that by the time CLE is ready to make another run for the finals he will be on the decline. they want picks.

    Basically, CLE learned their Bron bron lesson and are ready to cut bait.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Gasol is 32 and is due 38 million over the next 2 years bro, that doesn’t make sense. .

  • roscoe

    they obviously will absorb a substantial amount of cabbage

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Doesn’t make sense to take back Gasol if you aren’t competing and need cap space. Gasol would strip them of their flexibility as an organization and would prolong the rebuilding effort. Doesn’t make sense

  • roscoe

    pau would not end up w/ CLE. he would go somewhere else. CLE would get picks and other players and possibly cash.

    that does make sense. no?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    If you can name a team that can and would absorb Gasol sure, but there isn’t. Only contenders want a guy in Gasol’s situation.

  • roscoe

    not true… HOU wants him amongst others. you will be shocked when you read this, but BOS is ideal.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Sorry buddy Houston does but they don’t have the pieces to do that. Not in the way you are describing. And LA is not making a deal with Boston. You can, can that ridiculous idea.

  • roscoe

    lol… go back for me and look at the deals that have been done between LAL & BOS…

    did you know Rajon Rondo came to BOS via a LAL trade??

    what now nbk?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Go back and show me some that happened between them when one of the guys beat the other city in a championship series at any given point. Ill wait.

  • roscoe

    its not like LAL or BOS were in the finals last year. you’re getting super technical here.

    are you going to ask me to pat my head and rub my belly next?

    to answer your question… rick fox who was traded to LAL was traded back to BOS in a junk deal to end his career, but he did not beat BOS.

    you may have a point that pau to BOS crossing the line, but even Babe Ruth went from BOS to NY.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Rick Fox!!! Lol this is Pau Gasol one of the best bigs in the world not Rick Fox part time chick flick movie star.
    Sent from right behind you.

  • roscoe

    lol..

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Think of it like this, you think LA wants to create another legitimate title contender? Especially when it’s Boston who you are in a rings race with?
    Sent from right behind you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    That’s a legit gripe.

  • roscoe

    good points… i hear you, but trades do happen between rivals.

    What do you mean by “Sent from right behind you”??

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Ahh lol that’s the signature on my email it’s a joke, when I respond to comments with email I forget to take that out my bad

  • https://twitter.com/Wayne__o BuenoWayno1

    translation….

  • roscoe

    good stuff.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Rajon Rondo came to Boston via a trade with Phoenix dope.

  • ed

    lakers is blaming pau too much when the blame should really be centered on D’antoni’s poor coaching. Just call is Karma for what they did to Phil. I guess its time to look for another coach. Another Kobe is too selfish maybe its Kobe that should be traded.

  • ed

    Trade Kobe and get Cris Paul. That will increase lakers chance to win the title I’m sure.

  • kc

    Don’t put all the blame on Pau. He’s not the only player on the court. Good 5 players must play really hard to win. Basketball is a team play not individual play…. Kobe must learn how to share the ball to his teammates.

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