Los Angeles Lakers big man Pau Gasol did not travel with the team on their two-game road trip because he is still experiencing symptoms from vertigo, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com.
The 33-year-old suffered the illness after Sunday’s 103-94 win over the Orlando Magic as he missed the second half of the game due to dizziness and nausea that resulted in him getting three liters of IV and a stay overnight at a local hospital as a precautionary measure. He was then diagnosed with vertigo on Monday and missed Tuesday’s 127-97 win over the New York Knicks because of his condition.
“Just what I hear, he couldn’t come out,” head coach Mike D’Antoni said after Sunday’s game. “He was dizzy in the first half, and went back in the dressing room. I think they were trying to give him an IV or something but he just couldn’t go.”
Gasol on Tuesday visited with ear, nose and throat specialist Dr. John Rehm, and it decided that it was best for the 13-year veteran to stay back in Los Angeles for rest. He is not expected to join the team on the trip at any point and is officially listed by the team as day-to-day and has not been cleared for basketball activities.
So with Gasol sidelined for at least the next two games, expect Chris Kaman to continue to fill in for him in the starting lineup. Kaman, who played in his first game since Feb. 28, nearly posted a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds in 23 minutes in Sunday’s win over the Knicks. Gasol absence will also mean increased minutes for Robert Sacre and Jordan Hill.
As for other Lakers’ injury news, guards Steve Nash and Jordan Farmar traveled with the team but are not expected to play in either of the games. Farmar, who has been dealing with a right groin injury for the past week and a half, has already been declared out for both contests. As for Nash, who has missed the last two games because of right hamstring issues stemming from his nerve irritation, is listed as questionable.
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Watch below Kaman’s nice reverse layup in Tuesday’s win over the Knicks:
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