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Pau Gasol: Surgery on left index finger

It sounds worse than it is. Reports out of Spain, where Pau Gasol is playing with his country's national Pau Gasol Injures Finger team, indicate that LA's very tall, very talented, very important F/C jammed and broke his left index finger in practice and was taken to the hospital where surgery was performed.

He's expected to miss about three weeks of action, putting his participation in the European Championships (EuroBasket) in question.  The Lakers know of the injury but don't have much information beyond the basics above.

The news, while obviously not good, isn't necessarily calamitous, either. While Gasol is a guy who utilizes both hands extremely effectively, assuming the damage is limited and heals between now and, say... early October, it won't have an impact on anything the Lakers do going forward.  Meanwhile, while national team play is incredibly important to him, on this side of the pond many fans would just as soon see Gasol get some well earned rest. 

My Spanish isn't great- I'm sticking to the nuts and bolts here- so if there's information in the Marca post linked above that ought be translated, feel free to do so below!

Update (6:17 pm): The reports above conflict about which digit specifically Gasol injured. Initial reports from the Spanish press said it was his left index, but as noted by the LAT a phone call from Gasol's agent Arn Tellem to the Lakers indicated it was his left middle finger, the latter being the one you may have flipped at the computer upon reading the news.

BK

Photo: Carlos M. Picazas, FEB (Marca.com)

 
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Arrgghh, let the whole country/paycheck argument begin once again ... but at least it wasnt his feet that he injured.

PJ, Pau, Kobe, Fisher, Odom need to rest and relax in the off-season. Farmar, Bynum, Brown, Sasha, Powell, Ammo and Luke need to continue to play. Bynum and Mbenga need to keep getting big man coaching.

I'm glad to hear that Pau had surgery right away. I'm sure he had plenty of good medical advice - his own mom's a doctor after all. To be honest, I wish Kobe had gotten surgery when he first injured his finger. He's been playing and stressing it for so long now that there's really no chance for it to ever heal properly, even if he does decide on corrective surgery some day.

Omg.........I respect a player wanting to win for his country but he played in 08 finals,08 olympics,09 finals and now 09 european ball. Can we just rest one off season. There should be an agreement to only play for your nba team and not accept any side offers for the summer. I don't hear nothing bout marc hurting himself. Geez! Can we say foolish pride,lol. I love you pau

I was really worried that Gasol wouldn’t be rested this offseason. Now he has 3 weeks to rest while his finger heals. As long as the finger is OK, this’ll be a blessing in disguise.

The NBA’s best big man—Pau Gasol. Spread the word.

Wes

Why do these idiot ######## bball players play organized ball in the off season? Are they children? Why not help the world heal with their spare time? Otis is ####### angry.

Pau - you are a stupid ############.

I wish his feet were injured - that would bring change in a hurry.

Hi there!

From the Spanish Basketball federation; He got hurt (trying to block a shot) on the interphalangeal ligament of his left index. 12-14 days to remove the stiches and 20 days with the splint.

BK

no hablas espanol? que lastima!

this might be a blessing in disguise... hopefully he'll withdrawal from the games and not risk a much bigger injury.


wow just read on forum blue gold that shanWOW has never lifted weights in the pros yet. just purely amazing!

Trade him for Kwame. Sell him to the Spanish. Banish him from the planet.

Mamba,

>>> I can't wait to begin reading about him Laker Tom. Lol.
>>> But what happens if he becomes a center instead and
>>> competes with an Aging Beast Bynum for the position?
>>> Then what ya gonna do? huhhhhhhhh! LOL!!!

LMAO. My grandson Nick is going to have to grow an awful lot to be a center. LOL. Right now he is close to the smallest kid in his class but also maybe the fastest. I coach him every Monday and have been doing it now for about 6 weeks. Today, we played two kids a year older than Nick (he’s 8) in Nick’s first 2-on-2 game with strangers. We won 10-8 and Nick did great, made several nice layups. Next week, we start on pick and roll plays. I told Nick then we would play those guys for lunch money. LOL.

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Taliq,

>>> You should consider joining the ben howland waggon.
>>> where are the homers? show your ucla pride y'all.

You know, I loved Howland’s defensive orientation but UCLA has slumped the last couple of years and I think Howland’s style is a better fit for college. I don’t know whether NBA players would listen to him or feel restricted with his system approach.

Call me a holdout for Phil to make it for another 4 years and Fish to take over.

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yellofever,

>>> Just a warning.. . Like taliq said there's plenty of forward minutes
>>> for odom at forward esp at the 3 if u take out lukes 15-20....
>>> Besides we got a 3 pt guard rotation already with dfish/farmar/Shannon.

Good. My point was specifically that we need to take better advantage of Lamar by getting him more minutes besides just backing up Pau. I even mentioned the first option as backing up Artest rather than Luke. I could see a Lamar and Farmar second unit really turning on the jets and running. Mainly, I want to see Lamar better utilized.

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dan,

>>> Lamar the sixth-man, in for the point:

>>> PG L.O.
>>> SG Kobe
>>> SF Artest
>>> PF Gasol
>>> C Bynum

>>> What a nightmare for the other team!!

Thank you, dan the man. Tell me: who is CP3 or Tony Parker or Rajon Rondo going to guard when the Lakers are on offense? As we both know, no single defender is going to keep fast quick point guards from penetrating. Instead, you play the guy with a sagging long defender who can bother the shot and lean the rest of your defense to help – just like we defended LeBron. Turn them into jump shooters. And dunk on them all day at the other end. We have the edge in height and length. We can make the other team blink first and substitute to match up against us. You beat small ball with tall ball.

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Tom

Yello-

Not well, that's for sure.

BK

Jayden,

I wondered where Johnny went but no better reason to change your handle AND your entire schtick than a new son or daughter. You almost wish the NBA would pass a rule that limits the amount of non-league play these guys can undertake. It’s scary thinking of Pau and Sasha both getting injured while NOT playing for the Lakers. I’m all for God and country but were talking about the Lakers here so cut me some slack.

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complex_brotha,

Sounds like you’ve been getting your needed portion of grits. LOL. Remember that? Man, we are starting to have a history that the KamBros should memorialize in a book. They’ve got a built-in customer base all ready for the greatest and funniest blog moments – and there have been some doozies.

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AK/BK,

Do you still have the intern or is Ben gone?

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Tom

I really hope that he gets well in time for the European Championships. That is way too important for him to miss out on. I hate foreign players - every one of them.

BK

hay caramba!

Good. My point was specifically that we need to take better advantage of Lamar by getting him more minutes besides just backing up Pau. I even mentioned the first option as backing up Artest rather than Luke. I could see a Lamar and Farmar second unit really turning on the jets and running. Mainly, I want to see Lamar better utilized.
Posted by: LakerTom | August 10, 2009 at 07:54 PM

fair enough but i am seriously questioning lamars work ethic this summer esp since its NOT A CONTRACT YEAR. my assumption is he'll show up to camp out of shape and then coast till the playoffs till he turns on the jets ala shaq... sixth man is definietly out of the questions in my opinion.. simply not consistent enough and doesnt score enough.

Estupido

LakerTom, that's intimidating lineup, and I think that's a lineup better for the playoffs. Reason being, a point guard is going to find one or 2 games in which his shot falls, thus negating LO's mismatch for possibly a game or 2. That's not so bad over a series, since we can adjust, but having that be our dominant line up might backfire when teams and especially little no name point guards give us their one best game a year.

As for the great coaching debate, anyone think we have a shot at Popovich? He used to coach at Pomona, and he's been in SA for a LONG time. Hopefully, they're thinking change at some point, and Pop is thinking the Riverwalk is no replacement for all of the great neighborhoods of LA. Maybe we can get Joel Meyers to remind him that wine country is only an hour's drive away in Santa Barbara or Temecula. I think he's the second best coach in the NBA right now, and if Phil leaves, well, he's first in my book. Its tough to disagree with success.

#4,

>>> LakerTom, that's intimidating lineup, and I think that's a lineup better for the
>>> playoffs. Reason being, a point guard is going to find one or 2 games in which
>>> his shot falls, thus negating LO's mismatch for possibly a game or 2. That's
>>> not so bad over a series, since we can adjust, but having that be our dominant
>>> line up might backfire when teams and especially little no name point guards
>>> give us their one best game a year.

I never proposed that Drew, Pau, Ron, Kobe, and Lamar be a starting lineup but rather a change of pace that you run maybe 5-20 MPG depending on the opponent and the circumstances. The main purpose is two-fold:

1) Get Lamar more minutes than he would normally get backing up Pau. It’s great to think that Pau, Lamar, and Drew are all going to play an even 32 MPG. More likely Drew and Pau play 36 MPG, leaving only 20 MPG for Lamar, So let’s get him another 12 to 16 MPG by also having him be the first backup for Artest and Fisher. Give Lamar 32 to 36 minutes and we are likely to have a double-double from a bench player.

2) Add another couple of weapons to our already versatile arsenal that other teams will have to prepare and practice for. I do not care which other team you run this lineup against, I still think we can do a pretty good job as a team defending. In fact, I think they might be a better defensive team than offensive. On offense, however, it is just taking advantage and posting up their smallest guy. What are teams going to do? Doubling to help. Result, easy buckets and intimidating control of the paint.

Just giving Lamar 6-8 minutes at small forward and 6-8 minutes at point guard would make the Lakers are much more difficult team to prepare for. Of course, the fans and I think the players would love it. It’s part strategy, part dominance, and all Showtime.

Tom

#4,

"As for the great coaching debate, anyone think we have a shot at Popovich?"

I think Pop once said that he would retire at the same time Tim Duncan does. He probably said it partly in jest, but you have to think that he's not gonna stick around for a rebuilding project in San Antonio once Tim Duncan retires. And if the Lakers' head coaching gig opens up in a few years, what coach wouldn't at least consider taking the job?

Laker Tom,

"You know, I loved Howland’s defensive orientation but UCLA has slumped the last couple of years and I think Howland’s style is a better fit for college. I don’t know whether NBA players would listen to him or feel restricted with his system approach. "

I think your concern is right on the money. Howland is absolutely zero fun to play for, but doesn't have the pedigree to maintain that style at the pro level. There's no way in hell he could survive in the NBA without a serious adjustment in approach. He doesn't have the juice.

AK

Hard to explain but Pau Gasol is a basketball patriot for Spain. He loves representing his country at the expense of a worn out body, he thinks he could help for the good of Spain or Viva Espana. Well, the injury gives him the rest he truly deserves, let the young Marc and others pick up where the heart of Pau resides.

yellofever, I listened to the Laker trainer on the wonders of Shannon Brown (on Purple & Blue Forum)who is not lifting weights, yet he could fly at 44 inches. If SB masters those mid ranged jump shots, he could be another Deron Williams of today or HOF Calvin Murphy. I hope he is not in any steroids regimen or his strength does not come from drug enhancing habits. Gosh, if you will analyze on the possibilities like the defense of Artest, the coming out of Shannon, the explosion of Morrison, the return of Sasha, the machine and of course, a healthy Bynum who will learn how to manage fouls and play a good Center as expected to be, not just fantasizing on the blog. this Lakers are scary.....scary enough to produce a lot mascaras for Halloween costumes. LOL!

#4 - I don't think Pop would ever really want to coach the Lakers or for that matter, any NBA team other than the Spurs.

Rest up Pau. Take all your time and not hurry. We want you 100% when the season starts.

Go Lakers!!!!

Go Kober...

2010 Champions...

Hola Senior Ganapia,
¿Usted puede decirnos más de España el grado de lesión y cuánto hora de curar? Gracias mi amigo.
Sr. Bobo

Gasol, gone for 3 to 4 weeks?! I don't know if that is good or bad. Will his finger affect his play for sometime during the season? The rest of the season? The rest of his career?

Folks, we are talking about how we should not allow foreign NBA players (Pau, Ginobili, Yao) to play for their national sides.

Imagine Lebron or Kobe playing for a Russian or German club, and if that club tells they cannot play for USA in Olympics for risk of injury, wont we all go completely crazy and start cussing? And wont be abuse Kobe or Lebron for being non-patriotoc and playing for money?? :-)

It's okay. He is like Kobe. Kobe is still the best player in the game with 8 fingers. Gasol is still a top five power forward/ center with one hand.

If Pau tries to come back early from this injury to play in the Euro championship then I'll be worried. That's how minor injuries become major injuries, or at least recurring injuries. If he wants to play year-round that's fine, it hasn't seemed to have affected his game. He pretty much paces himself all the time anyway. It would bother me to see most players conserve their energy like he usually does but it seems to work pretty well for him.

However, it's time to forget about playing for the rest of this summer and let the finger heal properly. It's painful enough to watch Kobe constantly clutching at his finger every couple games or so, we don't need a whole team of martyrs out there next season. Coming from a medically inclined family, and being medically inclined himself, Pau should recognize the importance of healthy extremities to his future in the NBA, Kobe's example nonwithstanding.

Pau, the basketball gods are sending you a sign, a message to rest up for our repeat next season, don't mess with them! Do the full rehab, physical therapy, finger-curls, flip-off practice, etc...Get well soon and we'll see you healthy in training camp.

It says 20 days until he can touch a ball again, 4 weeks until he can can compete again, though Drs. are cautious to offer a prognosis.

I´m agree with the idea that Pau need relaxing...but Pau is a winner and the only championship he hasn´t won is the European (and the Olympics...although we will see the next...hehehe) so I understand he wants to play it. And all the Nba teams should respect the opinion of our players and don´t forbide that.

That is why NBA owners and general managers hate these guys playing for their country in the off-season. They always seem to get hurt, even though I understand their passion, cause I love to hoop myself. However, Gasol needs to rest, he's been going nonstop for two yrs straight. Rest up Pau and get ready to defend the title. Its not an Olympic yr man, only thing that can hurt the Lakers is injuries. Don't be afraid to upgrade the roster Buss and Mitch cause you're gonna have to sometime during the season. Garry Vitti you will earn every dollar you are paid this year, but, the Lakers will still come out on top of the league this yr.

So wassup with Kobe's finger?

Is he EVER going to get that fixed?

News from Spain. Gasol will be 12-14 days out since stitches can be removed, and then one more week with a splint, so he is expected to come back to practice in 20 days, one week before European Championship starts. In a press conference held this morning, Gasol said he is looking forward to playing with Spain despite the injury, and that he has already talked to Phil Jackson and the Lakers about the injury, and he hopes there will be no problem to play in the European Championship.

Why do these idiot ######## bball players play organized ball in the off season? Are they children? Why not help the world heal with their spare time? Otis is ####### angry. Pau - you are a stupid ############. Posted by: Otis | August 10, 2009 at 07:19 PM
I wish his feet were injured - that would bring change in a hurry. Posted by: Otis | August 10, 2009 at 07:21
Trade him for Kwame. Sell him to the Spanish. Banish him from the planet. Posted by: Otis | August 10, 2009 at 07:53 PM

OTISSSSSSSSSSS!!!! YOU PROMISED!! LMAO!!!

It's okay. He is like Kobe. Kobe is still the best player in the game with 8 fingers. Gasol is still a top five power forward/ center with one hand. Posted by: Tom | August 11, 2009 at 12:04 AM

Damn right! The 5 fingers of Death!!!

They confirmed now that he will be on time to play the EURO tournament. I'm a Spaniard proud that he plays for ther National team but I think its just too risky and he should not force the situation to play. I hope Lakers doctors can check his finger as well before he takes any conclusions

I hate it when NBA players play every single off season. Let's save the body, please!

That said, I hope he gets the rest he needs and has no further injury. This just might be a blessing in disguise, barring further injury or it being worse than reported.

Mamba24,

"Gentleman, gentleman stunned? They did the exact same thing with Magic. True it was a train wreck but I rest my case."

Think about that for a second. You're actually help making my case that it would be stunning.

AK

AK,
I don't want to post for mamba24 (because heaven knows no one ever puts words into someone else's posts here!!) but I think his point was that he wouldn't be stunned if the Lakers made Fisher the coach as soon as he retired (even though it probably wouldn't be a good idea) because they have done something similar in the past.

I don't want to post for mamba24 (because heaven knows no one ever puts words into someone else's posts here!!) but I think his point was that he wouldn't be stunned if the Lakers made Fisher the coach as soon as he retired (even though it probably wouldn't be a good idea) because they have done something similar in the past. Posted by: exhelodrvr | August 11, 2009 at 08:33 AM

Ex. You can be my spokesperson any time! As I've said a thousand times I'm here for comic relief and if by chance a nugget of sanity somehow finds it's way into one of my post I would consider it an honor to have one such as you make my insanity look slightly sane. LOL!! Thanks buddy that's exactly what I was trying to, in my own inept way say
Larry(Mamba24)

Mamba24, "Gentleman, gentleman stunned? They did the exact same thing with Magic. True it was a train wreck but I rest my case."

Think about that for a second. You're actually help making my case that it would be stunning. AK Posted by: Andrew and Brian Kamenetzky | August 11, 2009 at 08:21 AM

Exactly and that's why I rested my case. Lol!

mamba24,
"You can be my spokesperson any time!"

Thanks!!

'Hello, Dominos? Exhelo here. Pizzas for the entire Lakersblog. Just put it on mamba24's tab."

'Hello, Dominos? Exhelo here. Pizzas for the entire Lakersblog. Just put it on mamba24's tab." Posted by: exhelodrvr | August 11, 2009 at 09:40 AM

ROFLMFAO!!!!! STOP IT! STOP IT NOW!! HAHAHA!

That is a break for us (pun intended) Who give a hoot about euroball aside from euros? Let him rest up and get ready for a brutal run for the O' Trophy. His digit will be fine for the NBA season. Just stay healthy boys and we are unstoppable.

I used an online translator for this. It's sounds funny.
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"La mala suerte ha querido cebarse esta vez con Pau Gasol. Sólo el puede saber lo que se le pasa por la cabeza a uno cuando se lesiona durante un partidillo de entrenamiento cuando durante un año ha aguantado los hachazos de todos los pívots de la NBA. Un tipo que es capaz de plantarle cara a Shaq, a Yao Ming o a Howard se acaba lesionando al intentar taponar a un compañero durante un entrenamiento."

The bad luck wanted primed this time with Pau Gasol. Only you know what you are going through your head when one is injured during a training partidillo when one year has endured the hack of all pivots in the NBA. A guy who can stand up to Shaq, a Howard or Yao Ming was just trying to plug a blow to a colleague during training.

"La historia tiene mucha más miga si se tiene en cuenta lo que ha tenido que poner de su parte el de Sant Boi para llegar al Eurobasket. Después de una temporada cargadísima de partidos -es lo que tiene ganar el anillo de la NBA- decidió echarse un poco más de peso a la espalda para jugar con su selección. Cuarto día desde que se incorpora a la concentración, primera toma de contacto medianamente seria con el balón, intenta ponerle un tapón a Felipe Reyes, se lleva un golpe en el dedo índice de la mano izquierda y acaba viendo las estrellas. Y lo de ver las estrellas no es una exageración. El impacto fue tan fuerte que Pau acabó mareado y tuvo que tumbarse en el parquet para recuperarse. Tras el susto inicial, todo el mundo confiaba en que se tratase simplemente del impacto del momento. Por si acaso había que ir al hospital."

The story has a lot more bread if you take into account what he had to do their part in Sant Boi to reach the Eurobasket. After a season-cargadísima party is what has won the NBA ring, decided to go a little more weight to the back to play with your selection. Fourth day since he joined the merger, first contact medium serious with the ball, trying to put a cap Felipe Reyes, is a blow to the index finger of his left hand and just watching the stars. And I see the stars is not an exaggeration. The impact was so strong that eventually Pau dizzy and had to lie on the floor to recover. After the initial shock, everyone was confident that it is simply the moment of impact. In the case we had to go to hospital.

"Allí se confirmó que la cosa era seria y fue operado de urgencia. Tal y como explica el comunicado de la FEB no se trata de una lesión grave -"daño en un ligamento interfalángico"-, pero requiere que el jugador espere "entre doce y catorce días" para que le quiten los puntos y "un total de veinte con una férula" para que la zona esté inmovilizada. 20 días para poder empezar a tocar balón cuando faltan 28 para que arranque la competición. Ni FEB, ni seleccionador ni médicos quieren arriesgarse a hacer un pronóstico. Prefieren esperar a ver cómo transcurren los acontecimientos. La cosa pinta difícil pero no imposible, no se puede olvidar que estamos hablando de Pau Gasol."

They confirmed that the matter was serious and was operated on urgently. As explained the communiqué of the ELF is not a serious injury - a ligament injury in interphalangeal "- but it requires the player to wait" between twelve and fourteen days to take away from the points and a total of twenty with a splint so that the area is immobilized. 20 days to start playing ball for 28 missing when you start the competition. FEB Ni, or select or doctors want to risk making a prognosis. They prefer to wait and see how events occur. Things look difficult but not impossible, can not forget we're talking about Pau Gasol.

Pau will be fine, but I wish he would not risk injuring it again before Lakers camp in late September.

It is what it is and we are bored.
Lakers Back to back.
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For translations, is quite good using google automatically for foreign pages

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