Los Angeles Lakers' big man Pau Gasol has been playing through tendonitis in both of his knees, according to ESPN.com's Dave McMenamin. The Spaniard is averaging career-lows in points per game (13.4) and shooting accuracy (43.4 percent). The nagging injury has clearly influenced his on-court production.
"It was just something that started flaring up in the preseason," Gasol told reporters following Monday's practice. "I didn't want to stop, and I don't want to stop now. I just don't have that luxury."
The Lakers are 7-7 and are going through some challenging times as they adjust to recently hired head coach Mike D'Antoni's fast-paced offense and new player rotations. He benched Gasol in the fourth quarter of a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies last week in a dismal six-point, four-rebound performance. He was then thought to be in the doghouse with his new coach, who cited a desire to win the game as the reason for sitting the former All-Star.
Gasol has been relatively healthy over the last two seasons, playing in 65 of 66 games last year and all 82 games in 2010-11. He went on to state that he didn't think the current ailment would cause him to miss any games.