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Pau Gasol's finger thus far gets a thumbs up

August 31, 2009 | 11:28 am
Pau with cast Update from (a site that somehow manages to get exclusive stuff with Lakers forward Pau Gasol on a regular basis), Lakers trainer Gary Vitti caught up with El Spaniard in Espana and checked out the digit injured during practice with the Spanish squad.  While the details of Vitti's examination aren't mentioned and, to be honest, the English is a touch confusing, the meat of the matter seems to be that Vitti thinks the finger is healing up nicely:

        Gary Vitti, head of medical staff and physiotherapists of the Lakers, visited Pau Gasol in Zaragoza to verify that the recovery from injury is optimal.  The conclusion is clear, the injury progressing well. After reviewing video to explain how it happened and how it went finger recovering, the medical representative of the Lakers seemed that there is little risk and that all is well.

The piece then proceeds to make it sound both like Pau has been cleared to play for the European Championship in Poland and isn't quite there yet, so for the time being, I wouldn't treat Gasol playing more '09 international ball as an iron clad certainty.  But that participation is even regarded as a possibility is great news when it comes to Pau and 2010 season.  Even those who prefer Pau shut 'er down until training camp- and I certainly understand that inclination- should be able to recognize the bright side of a first choice ignored.  Fingers crossed (semi-terrible pun, but actually appropriate), but it continues to sound like Gasol will be fine.

And assuming that's the case, this injury worked out pretty well for Vitti.  Dude gets a trip to Zaragoza on either the Lakers' or Pau's dime, depending on who was most itching to get the finger a look see.   Zaragoza's the country's fifth largest city and according to Wikipedia, its folklore is through the roof.