Center will accompany team on upcoming trip. Gasol probably won’t play Sunday.
L.A. Lakers: After gruesome home losses to Charlotte and Memphis, some mildly pleasant news awaited the Lakers on Saturday.
Pau Gasol participated in a brief scrimmage and Andrew Bynum was told by Coach Phil Jackson he would accompany the team on a two-game trip next week, though he wouldn’t necessarily play.
Bynum was doing “really well” in his recovery after working his way through some patellar tendinitis in his injured left knee, Jackson said.
“It’s not really connected to his injury per se. It was just the amount of work that he’s started to be able to do, which is impressive,” Jackson said. “I told him to expect to go on the trip to Sacramento [next Sunday] and Portland [on April 8]. Whether he can play or not, it may not be that time, but he’s going to go through the workouts and practices and the pregame and whatever we have.”
The Lakers have four regular-season games left after that trip.
Gasol, who has sat out eight games because of a sprained left ankle, took part in a five-minute scrimmage at the team’s training facility, but probably won’t play tonight against Washington. He could run straight ahead Saturday without any pain but still had trouble planting and cutting, he said.