Lakers News: Latest on Kobe Bryant’s Thoughts on Dwight Howard’s Injury and More

The Los Angeles Lakers have won seven of their last nine games and are closing in on a Western Conference playoff spot, but don't think for a second the drama will be stopping anytime soon.

Playing in the "Entertainment Capital of the World," the Lakers have taken their city's nickname to heart. When there isn't a drove of trade rumors swirling around Pau Gasol, Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard are going nose-to-nose in the locker room. When the constant Dwight Howard free-agency speculation dies down, Mike D'Antoni decides to shoot off a one-liner at Ricky Rubio. 

When...OK, you get the point.

No team's news cycle ever stops in our 24/7 media culture, but it comes in never-ending waves with the Lakers—especially this iteration. With that in mind, let's take a look at all the latest reports coming out of Tinseltown. 


Pau Gasol Expected to Miss 6-8 Weeks With Torn Plantar Fascia

Just when Pau Gasol's nightmarish 2012-13 season started to take a turn for the better, it once again has veered hard for the worse. The seven-footer had put up consecutive double-doubles while starting in Howard's stead, and was finally starting to look like his former self prior to Tuesday's game against the Brooklyn Nets.

It was in the fourth quarter of that contest that Gasol went down hard, grabbing his foot in obvious discomfort. Thought initially to be a strain of his plantar fascia, the Spaniard will reportedly miss the next six to eight weeks after an MRI revealed a tear in the foot muscle, according to ESPN's J.A. Adande:

Though Gasol was in the midst of his worst career season, his injury is obviously crippling for the Lakers. They already lost top backup Jordan Hill for the season, and Howard seemingly has a new ailment or recurring injury crop up every week. Mike D'Antoni may not like two big men mucking up his court space, but completely lacking any healthy options is...

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