Last season, Pau Gasol was used as a third option, demoted to the bench, placed on the wings and battled through numerous injuries, yet he still finished the year with respectable averages of 13.7 points, 8.6 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.2 blocks per game (those averages jumped to 17.5 ppg, 12.1 rpg, 6.6 apg and 1.3 bpg in the month of April). However, this season Gasol looks to return to an All-Star caliber of play thanks to his healthy knees and more opportunities on the offensive side of the ball.
Earlier in the off-season, Gasol underwent treatment to treat the tendinosis in his knees. According to two tweets from the Spaniard today, the treatment and rehab has worked:
This is great news for Laker fans; many forget just how dominant Gasol can be when he’s healthy and is being used the correct way. This year, he’ll see a lot more of the ball in the post and will most likely be the second option on offense.
Pau must remain healthy and engaged all year long if the Lakers want to stay competitive in the Western Conference and make a playoff push this season.