It was reported Wednesday that Los Angeles Lakers seven-footer Pau Gasol suffered a torn plantar fascia and the hopes were that he would be available to return by mid-March. However, the Lakers released an official statement on Thursday that revealed Gasol would miss just a bit more action than initially believed.
Here is the Lakers official press release:
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.”
With that timeline, Gasol could be out of action until April. At that time the Lakers would have less than 10 regular season games remaining.
It is possible that the Lakers could make a play for the final spot in the Western Conference playoff bracket, but if they do not get things together they could be well out of contention before Gasol is set to return. If that is the case, the Lakers would be wise to shut Gasol down for the remainder of the season.