NBA Fastbreak said that Pau Gasol will not be in uniform for the Wizards game. ESPN also said he is expected to be on the bench but not in uniform. Also, from his first videotaped interview as a Laker, it seems that Gasol agrees with that. He hopes to play against the Nets.
UPDATE #1: Well it looks like the L.A. Times reports he might play — it’ll be up to Gasol and Phil (who is wanting Pau to play obviously):
L.A. Times: Gasol, 27, arrived in Washington late Saturday night after passing a physical earlier in the day in Los Angeles. He might play today (Sunday) despite missing three of the Grizzlies’ last four games because of a sore back, although, as Coach Phil Jackson said, “He’d be totally uninitiated.”Gasol was averaging 18.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and three assists a game for Memphis.
Update #2: Yahoo!: Pau Gasol sat out the Los Angeles Lakers’ game at the Washington Wizards on Sunday, not quite ready to play for his new team because of a sore back, a whirlwind 48 hours and an unfamiliarity with the triangle offense.
“We want him to practice first. He traveled back and forth across the country, up all night, short hours of sleep. This isn’t a fair situation for him,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said before Sunday’s game.
“We’ll practice tomorrow and see how he feels,” Jackson said. “Play with the guys before we have him going into an NBA game with the ‘Showtime’ thing.”