The championship winning big man has two options in terms of recovery, he can opt for rehab which will continue over a 6-8 week duration, or he can opt for surgery which will result in an estimated 10-12 week recovery. The latter of the two options greatly increases Gasols chances of a full recovery, However the decision is yet another hurdle for the Lakers, leaving them to make a big decision, and ultimately one that could determine their 2012-13 NBA playoff and championship aspirations
“It shouldnt keep me out for a while, but to make sure I’m cautious, to make sure that I’m healthy, that’s the most important thing” – Pau Gasol after an MRI scan reveled the tear in his right foot.
With Dwight Howard still currently suffering from a reoccurring aggravation to his right shoulder injury (torn Labrum), the Lakers playoff hopes seem to be slipping away and it is clear that they are reaching ‘breaking’ point.
Recently Kobe Bryant called out Dwight Howard on his shoulder injury aggravation –
“We (the Lakers) don’t have time for Howard’s shoulder to heal, we need some urgency.”
Dwight Howard hit back –
“That’s his opinion, that’s it, he’s not a doctor, I’m not a doctor. That’s his opinion.”
Holding a current record of 23-26 the Lakers are in 10th place of the Western Conference standings, two places below the 8th seeded Rockets who currently hold a record of 27-24. If the Lakers are to make the Playoffs then they are going to need more than just a healthy Dwight Howard. It is clear that until Gasol returns to the line up, the Lakers will depend upon their All Star Center, as well as their 5 time Championship winning shooting guard, Kobe Bryant and their 2 time winning MVP point guard, Steve Nash. The only question that remains is, are the Lakers veterans up to the challenge that lies ahead?
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