After a whirlwind twelve hours of media, teammates, fans and – apparently – Lakers staff questioning Pau Gasol’s commitment to his team, the big Spaniard was back in action at practice on Monday and, despite reporters noting Gasol’s lingering health issues, the two-time champion is set to play versus the Milwaukee Bucks on New Year’s Eve:
While there was progress on the Gasol front, there was some regression when it came to Chris Kaman (ankle) and Jordan Farmar (hamstring). Both players sat out Monday’s practice session, though they hope to be available for Tuesday’s game versus the Bucks:
While Kaman’s ankle will get better in time, Farmar’s hamstring is fairly worrying. To hear that it’s still giving him issues after resting it for weeks and apparently being given the “all clear” makes you wonder if he did too much too soon after returning.
Farmar’s left hamstring has been bothering him since before the start of the season. Hopefully, though, this is just a blip on the radar and sitting out the practice session was more of a precautionary move.
Also, it’ll be interesting to see how Gasol looks tomorrow night: Will he still show signs of his lingering illness, or will he look to silence the doubters and have a monster game? We’ll have to wait and see.