Pau Gasol’s Knee Injury Will Prove Antawn Jamison’s Value to LA Lakers

According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles, Los Angeles Lakers power forward Pau Gasol will miss the team's December 4th game against the Houston Rockets. The reason cited is tendinitis in both of the big man's knees, which could sideline Gasol for an extended period of time.

Fear not, Lakers fans. Gasol's knee injuries will prove Antawn Jamison's value to the Lakers.

With Gasol producing at an uncharacteristically low level, one can only assume that it will take longer than one game for him to recover. His numbers presently sit at 12.6 points and 8.8 rebounds per game, while his field goal percentage is a career-worst 42.0.

Gasol doesn't appear inclined to return until he's healthy enough to lift those numbers up.

"It's something that's hard to predict because you just got to let it calm down," Gasol said before the Rockets game Tuesday. "So, until I feel like I can be out there playing close to 100 percent or at 100 percent, the team doesn't deserve any less, I don't deserve any less to be out there performing at my best and that's what I'll try to do."

When interviewed about Gasol's injuries, head coach Mike D'Antoni was clear that a full recovery is the only option. No matter how poor of a fit Gasol is in D'Antoni's offensive design, there is a reason he is a two-time NBA champion and a four-time All-Star.

There's also a reason players are advised to only play when healthy.

"The biggest thing with him was that he was playing hurt and in this league you just can't do that," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said. "I just didn't think he was running fluidly."

"We got to get him healthy," D'Antoni said. "Whatever it takes—one game, two games, 10 games—I don't know. It's day to day but he's got to be healthy. It wasn't fair [to him]. He's trying to battle through some stuff and in this league, you just can't do that."

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