This is great news; hail the return of the Spaniard!
L.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.”