UPDATE: According to head coach Mike D’Antoni, Lakers forward Pau Gasol will be on the floor tonight when the Lakers take on the Charlotte Bobcats (7:30pm PT) at Staples Center. Pau told reporters that “it would be good for me to get up and down.” By all indications, Pau will give it a go after a solid couple days of practice.
Pau Gasol, who has missed the past 8 games due to tendinitis in both knees, participated in his first practice in over 2 weeks.
After a second round exit and a long summer of Olympic basketball, Gasol developed tendinitis in both knees during training camp earlier this year. He has been battling it all season. To further complicate things, the struggling power forward has expressed discomfort in Coach D’Antoni’s new system.
Pau has been averaging a career low in points (12.6), and is only grabbing 8.8 rebounds per game this season. He has been subject to a lot of criticism for his lack of performance this year, which has rumors swirling about the Lakers potentially moving him.
Gasol will participate in Tuesday morning shoot around before deciding if he will make his return or not.
When asked about his role in the team’s offense, Gasol said he is still a facilitator.
With Gasol on the verge of returning, all the attention goes back to Steve Nash, who is still out with a fractured fibula. Nash participated in running drills today and hopes to be back by the Christmas day match-up against the New York Knicks.