I think we can all put the Pau Gasol trade rumors to rest now.
According to a report by Ken Berger of CBS Sports, Gasol will be out of action for the next six weeks with a partially torn plantar fascia.
Pau Gasol has a partial tear of his plantar fascia and is expected to be out at least six weeks, league source tells @cbssports.
— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) February 6, 2013
He underwent an MRI early Wednesday morning.
Pau suffered the injury with 4:20 left in the fourth quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers 92-83 victory over the Brooklyn Nets. He said he felt a “pop” when attempting to contest a shot by Nets center Brook Lopez.
“I tweaked my fascia in the first half, so I was dealing with quite a bit of soreness in the second half,” said Gasol, who left the game with 3:50 remaining. “So I couldn’t do certain things.
“I was dealing with it, but that play when I tried to jump off of it and try go block the shot (by Brooklyn’s Brook Lopez) just as I took off, I felt a pop in the bottom of my foot on my fascia and I couldn’t get up. I’m worried about it.”(ESPNLosAngeles)
Rehab could get Pau back on the court in six to eight weeks if he decides to go that route. With surgery, the healing time would be upwards of 10-12 weeks, which could cost him the rest of his season. However, surgery would provide a better chance of long-term recovery.
The planter fascia is a thick membrane that runs along the bottom of the foot. Gasol had been suffering through inflammation there for a majority of the season.
The Los Angeles Lakers were 3-0 with Pau back in the lineup, as Dwight Howard remains out with a shoulder injury.