Los Angeles Lakers fans may be have seen the last of Pau Gasol in a purple and gold uniform as another bout with vertigo has put him in jeopardy to miss the last seven games of the season, according to Mike Bresnahan of the LA Times.
Gasol has missed five out of the last six games due to the illness that he initially experienced in the first half of the team’s 103-94 win over the Orlando Magic on March 23 as he did not leave the locker room after halftime as he dealt with dizziness and nausea in which he received three liters of IV fluids. He was transported after the game to a local hospital on a stretcher by ambulance where he stayed overnight as a precautionary measure.
He appeared to be fine at the team’s shootaround on Wednesday morning, but when he went through the doctor-advised exercises he began to feel ill once again. He later then experienced dizziness that kept him at the team’s hotel and flew back to Los Angeles that night while the team played against the Sacramento Kings.
This news does not come to much surprise as Gasol had stated after Tuesday’s 124-112 to the Portland Trail Blazers that he felt that he may have returned too soon from the illness as he was still feeling linger symptoms.
“I am a little fatigued,” Gasol said, who scored nine points with four rebounds and seven assists in 28 minutes. ” I wasn’t feeling too well before the game, so I’m glad I got through it. I talked to the doctor and hopefully it’s going to continue to get better.”
The 33-year-old in the loss clearly did not look like the player that is leading the team in scoring this season at 17.4 points to go along with 9.7 rebounds per game. This season in its entirety for Gasol has been arguably his most difficult in his 13-year career as he has dealt with a variety of injuries that include several bouts with a respiratory infection, a strained muscle in his left foot, and a mild right ankle sprain.
Not to mention a few internal team conflicts between he and head coach Mike D’Antoni that became public about the “small ball” philosophy that he does not favor to say the least.
The four-time All-Star also took to Twitter on to voice the importance of one’s personal health and his optimism about getting over the illness:
Life reminds us how fragile & vulnerable we are on different occasions. Health is the most important thing. I hope I recover soon my friends
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) April 3, 2014
It has been an interesting year for Gasol, and if this is the last time he will be in the Lakers’ uniform it was great 7 1/2 season ride as he helped the team to three consecutive NBA Finals which they two of them along with making the playoffs six straight times.
With that said, there is no question Gasol desires a return to the team but it will ultimately come down to if he is the Lakers’ future plans past this season.
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Watch below highlights of Gasol’s 20-point and 12-rebound effort against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Feb. 1:
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