Lakers News: Team May Be Leaning Toward Sitting Gasol For Final Games Reviewed by Momizat on . [new_royalslider id="229"] Pau Gasol has been suffering from vertigo since the Lakers win against the Orlando Magic on March 23. Since being diagnosed, Gasol ma [new_royalslider id="229"] Pau Gasol has been suffering from vertigo since the Lakers win against the Orlando Magic on March 23. Since being diagnosed, Gasol ma Rating: 0
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Lakers News: Team May Be Leaning Toward Sitting Gasol For Final Games

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Pau Gasol has been suffering from vertigo since the Lakers win against the Orlando Magic on March 23. Since being diagnosed, Gasol made an appearance Tuesday night when the Lakers lost to the Portland Trail Blazers, but sat out Wednesday’s game against the Sacramento Kings when symptoms reoccured.

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Gasol’s battle with vertigo could keep him sidelined for the rest of the season, according to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times:

The team is leaning toward sitting him for its final seven games while he recovers from a severe recurrence of vertigo.

He won’t play Friday against Dallas after dizziness kept him confined at the team hotel Wednesday while the Lakers played Sacramento. He flew back on the team charter that night after missing a fifth game because of the illness.

Injuries and health issues are nothing new for the Lakers this season. Gasol has been the Lakers’ leading scorer with a 17.4 points per game average while Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash deal with their injuries. The lack of healthy bodies for the Lakers have been a primary reason why the team has struggled to secure wins this year.

The Lakers have seven games remaining this season, but do not have much to play for instead of ruining other teams’ playoff chances. There is no rush or immediate need for Gasol in the lineup. While Gasol was out, Chris Kaman started in his place and scored 28 points twice. When Gasol returned against Portland, he joined Kaman in the starting frontcourt. Although he admitted he would like to play more minutes besides Kaman, the two struggled when sharing the court.

Gasol will be an unrestricted free agent in the off-season and could have played his last game as a Laker on Tuesday. If Gasol doesn’t return to the Lakers, the lone center on the roster will be Robert Sacre. The Lakers will also have a lottery pick in the draft and ample cap space to fill the void if necessary.
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  • Dana Douglas

    Hey, I’ll volunteer to be copy editor. You guys need one pretty badly. Someone definitely needs to proof this stuff before it goes up. It’s almost painful to read, sometimes.

  • truth24

    give bitch ass mangirl a dress so she can sit wits the other punk asses.

  • Josh

    This vertigo might be the Lakers best chance of keeping Gasol next year. He was looking at around $10-12 million next season, but now teams may be too scared to offer him that kind of money. He might be down to a non-tax payer MLE of around $5 million now.

    Jim, Mitch, Jeanie…PLEASE offer Pau a contract. 2 years, $10 million with a no-trade clause and player option just might keep him.

    • Chippaz

      No, not if we keep MDA. We need a defensive playmaker/ shot blocker at Center, with a stretch 4 like Kevin Love to make this style of play work. It can work but we don’t have the right players, let Gasol Sacre Kaman go keep Kelly and Hill as backups.

      • Josh

        I don’t know who you think they should go after. There are no defensive centers in free agency, and the Lakers have nothing to offer in a trade. There really aren’t even that many good defensive centers in the league, anyway. The game has changed so much since MDA revolutionized the game trying to find a way to beat guys like Shaq.

        • Chippaz

          Nerlens Noel and Roy Hibbert to name a few but it might be impossible to get them as well as a player like Kevin love via trade. I guess it come down to drafting either Exum or Embiid, both players I see as franchise players and the best in this draft.

  • Tanking For Wiggins

    Pau Gasol is gone.The Lakers will be far worse next season i am predicting single digit wins next season.Mike D’Antoni is the coach leading the way and a bunch of D-League players are with him playing against all the stars of the NBA.Tanking is a movement and the Lakers are already proving they will suck next season.Re-signing D’Antoni bringing back Nash and paying Kobe $48.5 million dollars just assured the big tank job part 2 only much more tanking next season it will be way more obvious and way worse than this season.

    Lakers will win around 8 games the whole season.That will assure the Lakers keep their top 5 protected pick from Phoenix and then they will draft another prospect to go along with the player they draft this season yes a full tank job is in order already for next season.Tank Nation is a movement that won’t be stopped until the mission is accomplished.TANKING!

    • truth24

      I bet you where in kindergarten when kobe came into the league

      • Josh

        I’m pretty sure I was in 10th grade. Man, that was a long time ago!

  • Tanking For Wiggins

    Gasol is sick.

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