Pau Gasol sat out the Lakers' 114-80 exhibition loss Tuesday night against the Utah Jazz at the Honda Center because of what can be best described as training camp fatigue. He wasn't bruised or bloodied. Nothing was broken or strained or sprained.
Gasol, the Lakers' starting power forward, was simply tired. Antawn Jamison filled in for him Tuesday.
Lakers coach Mike Brown decided to err on the side of caution and not push too hard. Brown has said repeatedly he doesn't care if the Lakers lose all eight of their exhibition games this month.
These games don't matter. The ones later in the season and in the playoffs do.
If this were March or April, then Gasol would have played against the Jazz.
Gasol wasn't the first starter to take a seat for a relatively minor reason.
Kobe Bryant didn't play in last Wednesday loss to the Portland Trail Blazers in Ontario after suffering a strained right shoulder while dunking during practice one day earlier.
Dwight Howard, one of the Lakers' two prized additions last summer, didn't play for the fourth consecutive game after undergoing season-ending back surgery last April. If there is a timetable for him to make his Lakers debut, the team isn't sharing it with reporters.
Pau Gasol latest starter to rest; Lakers 0-4 in exo season after 114-80 loss
L.A. Daily News | Oct 17