It’s been quite the disappointing season for Pau Gasol so far, and now an injury has sidelined him for the foreseeable future.
There were grave concerns about whether or not Gasol would fit in with Dwight Howard on this new-look Los Angeles Lakers team, and from the early signs, those concerns were justified. Gasol doesn’t look like the same player and has seemed to lose confidence this season.
As a player with career averages of 18.5 points and 9.2 rebounds, Gasol’s numbers this season leave a lot to be desired. He’s putting up 12.6 points and 8.8 rebounds per game, with his PER at an even 15.00.
With Howard taking over the center spot and clogging up the lane, Gasol has been pushed out further than he’d like, and has had to settle for a lot of jumpers, which is not the best part of his game by any stretch of the imagination.
Gasol likes using his silky smooth moves in the post, and he’s not been able to replicate that for the Lakers this season. A coaching change certainly hasn’t helped, while this injury setback is also a growing problem.
The Spaniard has been dealing with knee tendinitis for over a month and it was finally decided that the the Lakers will rest him as long as it’s deemed necessary. Gasol had been struggling mightily anyway, so maybe this short break will light a fire under him for once he returns to the floor.
One thing’s for sure: if the Lakers want to turn it around and start winning, they need better production out of Gasol. He has proven he can be a beast for the Lakers in the past and has been instrumental in their championship runs, so hopefully he snaps out of this funk.