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Coach Frank Vogel, who is down LeBron James (high right ankle sprain) and Anthony Davis (sprained right calf), said they will not rush Gasol back until he’s ready. The Lakers play the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night at Staples Center. “Yeah, that’s on the medical team to keep working with him and his build back up to return to play,” Vogel said after the Lakers were defeated 128-111 by the Pelicans on Tuesday night in New Orleans. “So, we’ll see. Until they tell me he’s cleared, this is the group that we got, and we gotta go win a game.”

Marc Gasol conceded Tuesday that the ankle injury he suffered against the Raptors on Nov. 27 is “not a normal sprain.” The Grizzlies’ star center scored 20 or more points in four straight games to close November, concluding with the Toronto game. But he is averaging just 10.7 points per game over Memphis’ first six games in December. Gasol said that “soreness” is how the injury varies from a normal sprain. The 33-year-old termed it his “decision” to continue playing through the injury.

“I never really care about numbers,” Gasol, who is day-to-day and has time to rest before a Tuesday game against the Los Angeles Lakers, told USA TODAY Sports. “To me, numbers, they’re just not important. Numbers is something easy. It’s how can you get the team to win and the result, you’ll get the numbers. If you shoot the ball enough times, you’re going to get numbers. To me, numbers is an easy way to explain something. It’s just a part of it.”
5 years ago via ESPN

Grizzlies center Marc Gasol has a message for the fans: Calm down, he’s fine. “Please,” he said. Gasol left in the third quarter of Saturday night’s double-overtime preseason game against Houston with a sore right ankle. It brought a scare to the Grizzlies, especially since Gasol underwent surgery last February to repair a non-displaced Type II fracture of the navicular bone in his right foot. “I didn’t have to leave the game. I got subbed out,” said Gasol, who played 20 minutes of the Grizzlies’ 134-125 victory. “Then just used (the time on the bench) to get some ice and remove my ankle tape. That was all.”

In a little more than a week, the Grizzlies will open training camp for the 2016-17 regular season with a big sigh of relief. Center Marc Gasol has been cleared to play after recovering from a broken right foot. The 7-footer suffered the injury in February and subsequently missed playing for his native Spain in the Rio Olympics. However, Gasol recently returned to Memphis for strength and conditioning. Gasol is also playing pickup games, according to sources with knowledge of his progress. The Griz took a cautious approach to Gasol’s rehabilitation and are upbeat about his return to form on the basketball court, according to the sources.

The 7-footer suffered the injury in February and subsequently missed playing for his native Spain in the Rio Olympics. However, Gasol recently returned to Memphis for strength and conditioning. Gasol is also playing pickup games, according to sources with knowledge of his progress. The Griz took a cautious approach to Gasol’s rehabilitation and are upbeat about his return to form on the basketball court, according to the sources. Gasol spent most of the offseason rehabbing in Spain with a regimen closely monitored by the Grizzlies. The entire Griz roster has worked out informally with Gasol since Labor Day.

Spain’s chances of upsetting Team USA at the forthcoming Olympics have taken an unmistakable hit with the news that All-Star big man Marc Gasol will be unable to play in the Summer Games in Rio. Sources confirmed to ESPN on Tuesday that Gasol, as feared, is not yet fully healed from the broken right foot that limited him to 52 games last season with the Memphis Grizzlies. Two Spanish outlets — Libertad and ABC — reported earlier Tuesday that Gasol, despite his inclusion on Spain’s preliminary Olympic roster, will not be joining older brother Pau Gasol on the Spanish front line.
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