Gasol, a three-time Olympic medalist with Spain, has been out of action for more than a year because of a foot injury. He said the coronavirus pandemic has slowed his recovery process, but that was not necessarily a bad thing. “I’m feeling good. I’ve had more time to recover,” he was quoted as saying by Spanish media. “When I can start running and jumping I will have a lot more information to know for sure if the foot and the bone are consolidated for me to be playing professional basketball again.”
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With the NBA suspended indefinitely and the Tokyo Olympics postponed to 2021, Gasol is afforded more time—without missing any potential games—as he recovers from May 2019 foot surgery. “Right now I focus on what I can control, which is trying to get healthy and get my foot right and try to get that bone to heal, which is a difficult bone that didn’t heal the way I expected it to when I joined the [Portland] Trail Blazers,” Gasol said. “I’m just focusing on that—making sure my foot heals and I have the chance potentially to play professional basketball again.”
Remaining at home in Northern California amid the pandemic, Gasol is able to devote as much time as he can to rest, recovery and rehabilitation. He said he typically does a two-hour workout before lunch each day as well as therapy and rehab on his foot. He follows video workouts sent to him by his trainer. “Obviously my life has been affected and my rehab process has been affected, but that doesn’t mean I cannot continue to work out and continue to follow my therapy to the extent I can,” Gasol said. “It’s not ideal, but I can do it at a high level.”
Gasol, 39, decided to keep pushing his body so he can hopefully compete in the Olympics, now rescheduled to start July 23, 2021. To get the maximum out of his skills, though, Gasol said he’d most likely have to play in the NBA next season, which would be his 20th year. “Obviously if I want to play in the Olympics in 2021, I would have to play competitive basketball at a high level to be ready,” Gasol said. “But first, again, go back to priority No. 1 is get healthy and see that the foot and the bone is completely healed and can sustain.
Now you wanted to play in the Olympics this summer would have been your fifth Olympics. Can you hang on for 2021? Pau Gasol: Well, I’m gonna try. But first of all, I was just got to, I got to focus on what I can control which is my rehab and, and kind of follow that process and get healthy, get that foot strong. And now then find out whether if I can or I won’t. So that’ll be the that’ll be the process and, and right now everything is up in the air. So we have to kind of wait and see it’s hard to access any medical facility now to get any type of test done. So all that’s been postponed and delayed. So I’m just gonna, you know, kind of take it, take it one day at a time just like everyone else do, we’ll do what I can stay positive, stay strong to stick to my routines and, and be ready for for when I’m able to go out there and find out.
Gasol admitted that there are retirement thoughts circling in his mind. After all, he becomes 40 years old in July. “It’s a possibility that there is there too. I’ll have 40 springs this summer, which is not a small number. I understand that sooner or later, whether this summer, next season or another, my retirement is inevitable. I hope not already,” Gasol added. “I hope that the foot recovers so that it can allow me to play a little more. We will see how much more. Enjoy one last season.”
“I did a treatment at the end of December to improve my chances of recovery,” Gasol said to EFE, per AS. “And now the rehabilitation is going slowly, without the rush and pressure of being on a team. I give it more time and take care of it. I hope everything goes well and I can recover soon.”
The president of the Spanish Basketball Federation, Jorge Garbajosa, stated that Pau Gasol plans to play in the 2020 Olympic Games. “He will do everything possible and part of the impossible to be there. If Pau wants and can, he will be. And if he can’t be on the court, let him be there in any position he wants. We will always wait for him,” Garbajosa said, per Marca.
Kerry Eggers: Terry Stotts says @Pau Gasol will return to PDX next week after rehabbing his foot in Spain. Will he join Blazers coaching staff? “Depends on his rehab. He’s having some procedures done & that’s taking up his time right now.” Does he still intend to play? “You’ll have to ask him.”
39-year-old Pau Gasol has not yet finished his career and was in Porto for another diagnosis. “It’s been an intense few days of travel and medical appointments to gather opinions to make the best decision for my recovery.”, he posted on Instagram.
A few days after being waived by the Portland Trail Blazers, Pau Gasol returned to Spain. He made his way to Murcia to gather further options on his recovery, per Marca. He went through left foot surgery last May, but his rehabilitation did not go as planned.
Gasol signed a guaranteed one-year deal with Portland this summer, but the Blazers wisely inserted a clause that gave them some protection – if he missed 15 consecutive games due to a problem with his left foot or ankle, the contract would no longer be guaranteed. Monday was Portland’s 15th game, and Gasol hadn’t been healthy for any of them. So the Blazers are now free to waive him and not have his fully guaranteed $1,620,504 count against their salary cap – doubly important (literally) given that the team is $11M into the luxury tax.
Joe Freeman: Pau Gasol, who continues to rehab his surgically-repaired left foot, going through an individual shooting session at the Blazers’ practice in LA.
Casey Holdahl: As expected, @Pau Gasol (left foot) is out for Friday’s game vs. Kings. Gasol has not yet returned to full practices.
But while it’s unclear when he will play his first game with the Blazers, he’s more concerned with being ready for April and May than October and November. “I try not to think about how much time I’m going to miss,” Gasol said. “I’m not going to be able to play with the team early on. I’m trying to make sure that when I do get back, I’m there for good. And the ankle and the foot are not giving me any issues … and (I’m) able to build once I step on the floor with the team.”
And while Gasol joked that “being 39” hasn’t helped the healing process, his experience also has offered perspective. “You just have to stay patient, stay the course, and in the meantime, stay engaged, be helpful and contribute in any way you can,” Gasol said. “It’s a little bit challenging. But as with every challenge that I’ve faced in my life and my career, you have to embrace it and overcome it.”
Joe Freeman: Pau Gasol (left foot rehab) says he will not be ready to play opening night for the Blazers.
Pau Gasol is easing his way into his 19th NBA training camp. The future Hall of Famer is coming off off-season surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left foot and has been limited in the first three days of practice, participating mostly in non-contact and shooting drills. “So far so good,” Gasol said Thursday. “Body’s doing great, now it’s just the ankle getting used to the pushing off and the pushing and holding people and the more explosive moves.”
The veteran big man said “it would be nice” to play in an upcoming preseason game, but added he wouldn’t be disappointed if he doesn’t see any exhibition action while making sure the ankle is fully ready for the regular season.
Joe Freeman: Pau Gasol said he’s scheduled to start “contact” work this week. He’s “happy with where (he’s) at” in rehab and is “hopeful” he’ll be ready to play opening night.
Pau Gasol, the MVP in 2006, several weeks ago had to rule himself out of the World Cup due to injury. “Marc Gasol is destined to take a leadership step, is ready and is looking forward to it,” Spain coach Sergio Scariolo said. “He’s going to be an important reference offensively and defensively, but he’s not the only one that has to fill the void. His great talent and capacity is that he wants to generate for the team.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent C @Pau Gasol wants to return next season and says he’s recovering well from left foot procedure. He tells ESPN: “My recovery from surgery has been smooth and I expect to be fully cleared for basketball activities in early August. I cannot wait to start training again.”
“It’s going to be difficult,” Gasol said in an interview tweet by EFE Deportes. “I would have loved to have been with the national team, with my teammates. For me the national team has always been very important to take part in. I’m very proud to compete for the national team and to fight to achieve success at international level. “But due to the injury and the subsequent surgery, I’m not going to be able to go to the World Cup in China. I will nevertheless be supporting the team and hoping they have a great tournament. I’ve always been close to them for many reasons, we are a family. It’s not a slogan, it’s a reality of our team. I hope we can qualify for the Olympic Games and that I can be back next year.”
Pau Gasol made it official. He won’t be playing for Spain at the upcoming FIBA Basketball World Cup due to his foot fracture. “I would have loved playing with Spain, with my teammates. It has been always important playing for my National Team” Pau Gasol said. “But after my injury, I can’t play in China. But I will support my teammates. If we qualify for the Olympic Games in Tokyo, I may be playing” Gasol added.
Malika Andrews: Mike Budenholzer said Pau Gasol had new imaging taken late Wednesday night. That determined that Gasol needed surgery and they hustled him in to an open slot on Friday. “It all happened very fast,” Budenholzer said. There’s no word yet on Gasol traveling with the team in the ECF.
Milwaukee Bucks center Pau Gasol underwent successful surgery yesterday to repair a navicular stress fracture in his left foot. The surgery was performed in Green Bay, Wis., by Dr. Robert Anderson with oversight by Bucks team physician Dr. William Raasch of the Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin health network. Gasol will miss the remainder of the Playoffs and a full recovery is expected in time for training camp.
Since recovery time for this type of surgery takes months, Gasol may actually miss the upcoming World Cup tournament that is held in China from August 31 to September 15. The Bucks mention that the Spanish center should be ready to join the team in next season’s training camp.
Malika Andrews: More Bucks injury updates: Mike Budenholzer said Pau Gasol is recovering slowly. His return to the court is “not imminent or anywhere near.” Budenholzer said DJ Wilson sprained his ankle yesterday in a workout and will not be available to play in Game 5.
Rod Beard: #Pistons Blake Griffin (sore left knee) still is listed at questionable on today’s injury report for tonight’s Game 1. #Bucks list Brogdon, Gasol, DiVincenzo and Snell as OUT. #DFS
Malika Andrews: Bucks center Pau Gasol is expected to miss approximately one month with a left ankle injury, league sources tell ESPN. He joins Nikola Mirotic and Malcolm Brogdon as among those likely out for the regular season.
Matt Velazquez: Talked to Pau yesterday and asked him about his ankle. He responded, “Which one?” Went on to say that his left ankle had been bothering him but he was going through treatment and following the plan set for him.
Tom Orsborn: Gay and Gasol are both out, per Pop. He said Poeltl won’t start. Asked who will, he said, “We’ll figure it out.” Could be Cunningham.
Paul Garcia: The Spurs have announced Pau Gasol is available tonight against the Nuggets.
Tom Orsborn: Pau Gasol: “I’m active. It’s around the ballpark (return date) we had in mind. I am glad I was able to recover well and heal well even though it was a little tricky at first and it wasn’t clear cut what was going on.” #Spurs
Tom Orsborn: Gasol on trying to fit in with young Jakob Poeltl playing so well: “I will fit as well as I can with the opportunities and the minutes that I will be given. I don’t take anything for granted. I will go out there and do what I do and be the type of player I am.” #Spurs
Michael C. Wright: Lonnie Walker IV will be available tonight per Pop, but he hasn’t decided whether to use him. Also, Pau Gasol took part in shootaround and Pop says he’s getting healthier. Still no firm timetable for return.
Pau Gasol is expected to be back on the court during the last days of December, according to a report by the biggest Spanish newspaper “Marca”.
Tom Orsborn: Pop said Pau is doing some on-the-court stuff but nothing major: “There is no contact or competitive stuff at all. He’s just shooting in place and that kind of thing. It seems like it is going to take a while.” #Spurs
Pau Gasol: Getting better every day, step by step 👣🔋 pic.twitter.com/US9UU0XLeK
Tom Orsborn: Good news on Gasol injury front: He has been free of his walking boot since Tuesday. “Just another step in the right direction,” said the 38-year-old center, who has missed the last 16 games w/ a sore left foot (Pop called it a stress fracture). But still no target date to return
Jeff McDonald: Sightings in Spurs’ pregame locker room: Pau Gasol, sans walking boot. Also, Dejounte Murray came breezing through for a quick second.
Michael C. Wright: Pau Gasol was in good spirits in the locker room before tonight’s game. He’s still out indefinitely though w/that stress fracture in his left foot.
Tom Orsborn: In addition to his passing skills, Pau’s locker room presence is missed, Pop said. “In the locker room, he’s great. He’s smart…Pau is a wonderful guy.” #Spurs
The Spurs on Sunday played their sixth consecutive game without center Pau Gasol and are uncertain when he will return. Bothered by a sore left foot that requires him to wear a walking boot, Gasol hasn’t played since the Nov. 4 loss at Orlando, when he scored 12 points, grabbed eight rebounds, dished out five assists and recorded two blocks.
Asked after Sunday night’s 104-92 win over Golden State if he knows when he will be able to return, Gasol said, “I wish I knew. I’m not sure yet. Just taking a cautious approach, but it’s hard to tell right now. It’s soreness, and we are trying to manage it with just rest at this point. Hopefully, we can ramp it (rehab) up soon.”
Jabari Young: On the Pau Gasol front, #Spurs limiting his injury details, but I’m told he’s unlikely to accompany the team on this upcoming 3-game road trip. Was seen in a walking boot on his left foot tonight. They say it’s “soreness”…
Jabari Young: For tomorrow’s game vs #Rockets … Rudy (heel) and Pau (foot) remain out .. #Spurs
Paul Garcia: Derrick White has been upgraded to probable for Wednesday’s game in Miami. Pau Gasol (right foot soreness), Rudy Gay, Murray, and Walker IV are all out.
Jeff McDonald: Pau Gasol (shoulder) will be available for Spurs tonight in OKC, per Pop. He is uncertain if Gasol will start or come off the bench.
Tom Orsborn: Gasol (shoulder) has been upgraded to questionable for tomorrow’s game at OKC. Leonard remains out. #Spurs
RJ Marquez: Per #Spurs, Pau Gasol (right AC sprain) and Kawhi Leonard (return from injury management) are OUT for tomorrow’s #Warriors game. Rudy Gay NOT on today’s report #KSATsports #KSATnews
Pau Gasol’s status for the Spurs’ game at Golden State on Thursday night is uncertain after guard Tony Parker said the 17th-year center suffered a “bad” shoulder injury in the 100-98 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday. “He hurt his shoulder and told me it was bad,” Parker told reporters after the game. “I’m pretty sure he’s not going to play against Golden State.”
Spurs point guard Tony Parker said Pau Gasol suffered a shoulder injury Monday during the team’s 100-98 win over the Memphis Grizzlies, casting doubt on the center’s availability for Thursday’s showdown at the Golden State Warriors. Gasol was hurt during the second half in a collision with his brother Marc Gasol, the Grizzlies center, and finished the contest with two points, seven rebounds and four assists. “He hurt his shoulder, and he told me it was bad,” Parker said. “We will see, but I’m pretty sure he’s not going to play against Golden State.”
Michael C. Wright: Official update: Pau Gasol (bone bruise, left knee) is probable for tonight’s Spurs-Lakers game. LaMarcus Aldridge (sprained right ankle) is out, as is Kawhi Leonard (return from injury management).
Jabari Young: Pau Gasol (left knee bruise) is out vs #Pelicans tonight … #Spurs
Paul Garcia: Spurs who are OUT Tuesday against Cleveland: Paul Gasol (wrist) Rudy Gay (heel) Manu Ginobili (thigh) Kawhi Leonard (injury management)
Michael C. Wright: Injury update for Spurs: Rudy Gay (right heel bursitis) and Manu Ginobili (right thigh contusion) are out for tomorrow’s Nets game. Pau Gasol (right wrist sprain) is questionable.
Tom Orsborn: #Spurs just corrected their injury report to say that Gasol (tightness, right groin) and Green (tightness, left groin) are questionable for tonight’s game. The first report issued said they would be out.
Gasol acknowledges it will take him some time to round into form. He hasn’t missed as many as 15 consecutive games since a foot injury cost him 20 in a row in 2012-13. “I wish it didn’t take long at all,” said Gasol, who has at least been able to keep up with his conditioning while on the injured list. “It’s going to take a while to get the rhythm and the flow and get the conditioning the way it was. I worked hard with the staff, and that’s going to help me in the long run.”
The Spurs could resume their rodeo trip at full strength for the first time in more than a month. Mending center Pau Gasol practiced with the team on Thursday in Los Angeles, and could be in line to play Friday against the Clippers after missing 15 games with a fractured left hand. Officially, Gasol is listed as probable. “I’m excited to be back on the court,” Gasol said. “It’s been a long time.”
Melissa Rohlin: Pau said he’s targeting the 4-week mark for his return. That’s during All-Star break, so he’ll be able to give it longer if necessary
Tom Orsborn: Pop said Gasol won’t be with #Spurs when they start rodeo road trip. It’s unclear if he will join team at later date.
Tom Orsborn: Pau Gasol said all that matters to him is playing in “April, May and June.” #Spurs
Michael C. Wright: Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said the trainers tell him that Pau Gasol should be ready to go by end of All-Star break.
Jonathon Simmons (sprained right wrist) is out for tomorrow’s Spurs-Mavericks game. Pau Gasol (fracture, left fourth metacarpal) remains out.
Michael C. Wright: Manu Ginobili (back spasms) and Tony Parker (left foot pain) are both out for Monday’s matchup against the Nets. Pau Gasol (fracture, left fourth metacarpal) remains out as well.
Shams Charania: In wake of Pau Gasol’s hand surgery, Spurs plan to sign veteran center Joel Anthony to a 10-day contract, league sources tell The Vertical.
San Antonio Spurs center Pau Gasol underwent surgery to repair a fracture in the fourth metacarpal on his left hand Friday, but a timeline for his return is immediately unclear, league sources told The Vertical.
The procedure has a potentially broad recovery period, league sources said. There are scenarios in which Gasol could return to the lineup inside of a month and a possibility that his absence could extend as long as six weeks, league sources said. That timeline will become clearer as the healing and rehab process begins.
Melissa Rohlin: Pop said Pau will be out for “a while” and won’t travel w the team on their 4-game trip. He said Tony will likely play vs Cleveland on Sat.
San Antonio Spurs center Pau Gasol suffered an injury during the warm-up period prior to tonight’s Spurs-Nuggets game. X-rays taken at the AT&T Center show a fracture of his left fourth metacarpal. A timeline for Gasol’s return will be determined at a later date.
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