Pau Gasol Will Regenerate Patellar Tendons During 2013 Offseason

Pau Gasol is preparing to get his Kobe Bryant on.

After visiting with several specialists, the four-time All-Star has decided to regenerate both of his patellar tendons over the offseason in hopes he will return to 100 percent.

Ramona Shelburne of initially reported Gasol was considering having the procedure done in Germany.

The Los Angeles Lakers made the announcement official a short while after Gasol tweeted about it and made with the details.

Lakers announce Pau Gasol will have a procedure on his knees Thursday to eliminate scar tissue through an ultrasonic energy probe

— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) May 8, 2013 The Lakers star missed ample time during the regular season because of tendinitis in his knees, and the ramifications of his internal abrasions were evident in his performance.

Pau averaged just 13.7 points on 46.6 percent shooting in 49 games for Los Angeles, all of which were career lows. His play improved considerably, however, during the Lakers' disappointing playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs, where he averaged 14 points, 11.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists on 48.1 percent shooting per game.

Following Los Angeles' postseason exit, though, the forward was very candid in his admittance that he was "not healthy," ultimately prompting him to decide in favor of regenerating his tendons.

If the latest sounds familiar, that's because it is.

Kobe underwent Orthokine therapy in Germany in 2011 and was supposed to have it again this past offseason, but he opted against it because he felt good enough to play on without it.

Gasol's procedure is slightly different than Kobe's, intended to get rid of scar tissue in order to regenerate the knee to optimal health.

The procedure Pau is undergoing is called the FAST Technique and is supposed to eliminate scar tissue without harming healthy tiss...

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