When Pau Gasol exited the game almost two weeks ago, little was known at the time about his injury, but few expected anything serious. We now know that Gasol suffered symptoms of vertigo, leading to an overnight stay in the hospital and a week-long absence from the lineup, but it may cost Gasol the remainder of his season.
After returning to the lineup against Portland, Gasol was reportedly “incapacitated” in his hotel room the following day and, now, the team is leaning toward sitting the big man for the remainder of the season, according to Mike Bresnahan of the LA Times.
Gasol has had a rough couple seasons the last two years. Last year, he battled a couple injuries as well as his head coach, spending time coming off the bench as well as time injured. This year, the same battles have occurred, but Gasol has fought through and played 60 games this year, leading the team in scoring, rebounding, and blocks.
If Gasol does sit out the season, his time in LA may be finished. As is the case with nearly all the Lakers, Gasol’s contract is set to expire this summer and his return is doubtful. While Gasol has been receptive to returning, his price tag may be too high, among other concerns.
If his time in Los Angeles is indeed over, Lakers Nation is thankful for everything he’s done.