Lakers’ Pau Gasol Close to Return
With all eyes on Dwight Howard Tuesday at Amway Center, a key figure who could soon rejoin the resurgent Lakers almost escaped scrutiny. Pau Gasol was on the floor taking jumpers after the Lakers’ shootaround, and coach Mike D’Antoni said he could be back in the lineup soon.
“He’s starting to run now and he feels pretty good,” D’Antoni said before the Lakers played the Magic in Howard’s first game in Orlando since he was traded in July. “It’s six weeks next Tuesday, so it was six-to-eight, so it’s close.”
Gasol hasn’t played since Feb. 5 at Brooklyn, after which he was diagnosed with a torn plantar fascia in his right foot. Tuesday marked his first extensive basketball activity since the injury, and if he suffers no setbacks Wednesday, he could increase his workouts by Thursday.