This is great news; hail the return of the Spaniard!

Picture 1L.A. Times: Pau Gasol finally will play for the Lakers tonight when they face the Chicago Bulls at Staples Center.

The right hamstring that kept Gasol out of the Lakers’ first 11 regular-season games, the injury that hampered him for just over five weeks, healed enough to where he feels comfortable enough to play in a game.

“I think that I’ll be able to go tomorrow,” Gasol said after practice Wednesday. “It felt great today and I don’t plan on any reason why it wouldn’t feel the same way tomorrow.”

Gasol has experienced a few close calls in returning to game action since he injured his hamstring in early October.

So Gasol was pressed harder, with the media looking for a definitive answer about his playing tonight.

“Everything felt great,” Gasol said, “and I don’t plan on any reason why I shouldn’t play.

“I want to play. I’ve been wanting to play since day one. It just wasn’t ready. The muscle wasn’t healed and now I think it is healed. It felt great practicing and I’ve got to go out there and play.”

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  • http://lakersnation.com Aaron2416377

    First

    • http://LakersNation Marwan

      Heres your medal for being first and saying nothing about the Lakers, you are a true hero who has served overseas and deserves to be first, along with this medal.

      Shut up, no body cares whether you were first, last, 24th… doesnt matter, no body cares, its just too annoying to see people do that.

  • http://lakersnation.com Aaron2416377

    Yes Finally Gasol will Play.

    • WifelovesLuke

      And you’re still a jack off for saying “first”

      Take that crap to the comic book sites!

      • http://lakersnation.com Aaron2416377

        Ok Calm Down Your Wife loves Walton.

  • http://LakersNation Marwan

    ‘Healed enough for him to play’. This is great that hes playing but its not 100%, its good enough to play in, and when its not 100% there is another chance at making it worse than it is. Im happy hes playing though, just hope no one else gets injured.

  • allthewayLA

    i’m also worried that his injury might get worse but i’m sure they won’t allow him to play if pau’s not ready.

    I’m excited to see them play with Pau.

    And i hope they do something about our bench. its killing us.

    • WifelovesLuke

      Great….another bench hater. Forget the fact that we have been battling injuries all season and our rotations are out of wack. I know it’s easy to just hate, but why not have some patience and be a Laker Fan

  • http://twitter.com/nugge7 Jaime Quintanilla

    BEST NEWS I’VE HEARD ALL MONTH!

  • lyk13

    Even better picture to go along with this. Haha!!!! STAPLES WELCOME PAU BACK WHOLEHEARTEDLY MAN!!!!!

    • http://LakersNation Marwan

      The picture shows us a preview of how hes coming back. Hungry and refueled

  • Short Dog

    Lakers will easily beat the bullshits tonight.
    Welcome back Gasol.
    Lakers all the way.

  • WifelovesLuke

    I’ll be curious to see how much time Kobe spends in the Post when Pau and Bynum are on the floor….And now that LO goes to the bench, maybe all of the “Bench Hate” will die down a bit…….naw, the haters will just keep hating. It’s what they do.

  • WifelovesLuke

    Come to think of it….I’m not sure who I dislike more. The haters or the traders. You know, all the UNEDUCATED people on TLN constantly saying “trade Sasha, trade morrison, trade Luke, trade Farmar, etc”. It just so lame to think that all these “fans” think they know more about how to run and coach a professional basketball team better than Mitch and Phil. Just Lame!!

  • pauu

    Dang, Pau’s first game back and Im missing the game. Cant wait to see the highlights.

  • gugy