Apr 28, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers power forward Pau Gasol (16) is surrounded by San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Danny Green (4) center Tim Duncan (21) forward Matt Bonner (15) and forward Kawhi Leonard (2) during 3rd quarter action of game four of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Lakers Injury Update: Pau Gasol is Recovering, Not Decomposing

Critics of the Los Angeles Lakers talk about how this team is much too old. How can they compete when most of the players used to listen to portable CD players on road trips at the start of their careers, let alone early mP3 players. Kobe is recovering from his torn Achilles tendon, and Lakers trainer Gary Vitti sent a subtle message to Mike D’Antoni last week that Steve Nash and the rest of these Lakers are going to need some rest. A lot of it.

Pau Gasol was compelled to prove he is not auditioning for a role as a really tall Zombie in the upcoming season of the Walking Dead. His body isn’t decomposing, it’s actually recovering. Take that haters.

Pau Gasol went in to check out his knees after receiving offseason surgery. How do we know? He said so

4 hours later, he is already un-cryogenically frozen and able to report

Pau Gasol will be the most critical player to the Lakers success this season. Both in the pre-Kobe portion of the season, and during Kobe’s re-integration (which will probably come much sooner than later).

Pau is absolutely essential for the Lakers defensive rebounding. Earl Clark and Jordan Hill is a good rebounder, but Chris Kaman is less than stellar. The offense will need to flow through him to a large extent. And without Dwight Howard, more of his offensive scoring duties will come in the paint rather than outside the 3 point line.

The Lakers need Pau in the worst way. But as Gary Vitti suggested about Nash the same is true about Pau. He needs to have effective minutes, not more minutes from coach D’Antoni—but he’s not left with a lot of options outside of the Big Spaniard who we learned today is not a zombie, but a real, recovering 7-footer.

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