Pau Gasol to sit out start of training camp


Pau Gasol will sit out the start of training camp, according to ESPN:

[pullquote]Pau Gasol said Saturday he will not be available for the start of training camp as he continues to recover from offseason procedures in both knees. However, the Los Angeles Lakers’ big man believes he will be back in time for the regular season.

“We’re going to get into practices and get a feel of how the knees react and get into training slowly,” said Gasol, who was cleared by Dr. Steve Yoon of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic this week to continue to ramp up his workouts. “I haven’t done really a lot of basketball stuff. I haven’t done a lot of contact yet. So we’ll see how it feels. But the goal is to be ready for opening night, and whichever way it takes to get there, that’s what we’re going to do.”[/pullquote]

Gasol also revealed the type of pain he went through this summer while undergoing various procedures:

[pullquote]”It wasn’t fun,” Gasol said. “It was a painful recovery at first. Then a week after I did the procedure I had to get the stem cells out of my back and shoot them up through my tendons. So that irritated them again. But a few weeks after that I was able to walk again and live a little bit of a normal life. But then I had to give time to the knees to recover and to absorb what I injected, so I had to wait until August to start working again. Then it’s been good since then.”[/pullquote]

Gasol is apparently feeling much better than last season, but there’s no point in rushing him back into action; there’s still a month left until the start of the regular season, so the Spaniard should be able to ease himself back into the daily grind of playing in the NBA by slowly increasing his workload on the court as training camp progresses.

Written by Ross Pickering

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