The Los Angeles Lakers are going to have to play without Pau Gasol for the next couple of weeks. The 7-foot-center suffered a partial tear in the plantar fascia of his right foot and will be out for six to eight weeks.
Gasol said that he felt a “pop” in his fight during the Lakers victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night. Fox Sports reports that the Spanish superstar had an MRI done today and was told that he’ll be riding the bench for the next couple of months.
Gasol wrote on Twitter:
“The result of the MRI shows I have a torn fascia of my right foot. Tomorrow I’ll fly back to LA to see our team doctors … I’m hoping to recover asap so I can be back with the team and keep fighting until the end of the season.”
The Lakers have struggled for the majority of this season but the team has started to turn things around. They’ve won six of their last seven games and are currently sitting just below .500. The Lakers have played the last three games without Dwight Howard and could be in trouble with Gasol sidelined as well.
Bryant said: “We don’t have time for (Howard’s shoulder) to heal … We need some urgency.”
Kobe has been pressuring Howard to pick up his game and with Gasol out indefinitely with an injury that pressure is only going to mount on Howard’s shoulders.
“(Howard) has never been in a position where someone is driving him as hard as I am, as hard as this organization is … It’s win a championship or everything is a complete failure. That’s just how (the Lakers) do it. And that’s foreign to him.”
Do you think Dwight Howard will step up to make up for the injured Gasol?