The news regarding Lakers forward Pau Gasol's status wasn't bad, but it wasn't altogether good either. Gasol, who suffered a concussion in the loss against Denver, was examined by Dr. Vern Williams on Thursday and although he has shown improvement, according to the Lakers, he was not cleared to resume basketball activities. He is scheduled to be re-examined Friday morning before the Lakers take on Oklahoma City at Staples Center. "I continue with the recovery and there's improvement. After today's visit with Dr. Williams, I haven't been cleared yet for physical activity. Tomorrow we'll see how I feel and reevaluate, until then I have to keep resting and being patient. Greetings my friends," Gasol wrote on his Facebook page. Gasol missed the Lakers (15-20) trip to Houston and San Antonio after having sat out eight games because of tendinitis. Dwight Howard (shoulder) and Jordan Hill (hip) will miss Friday's game against the Thunder. LACK OF COHESION There was a lot of talk last season about how hard it was for the Lakers to come together as a team under a new coach without a full training camp (because of the NBA lockout) and with many different players on the roster. Um, deja vu. The Lakers opened the fourth quarter in San Antonio on Wednesday night with five players who were not on the team last season (Robert Sacre, Earl Clark, Antawn Jamison, Chris Duhon and Steve Nash) — playing for a new coach (Mike D'Antoni) who again didn't have a training camp with his team.
Lakers' Gasol improves, but not cleared
Orange County Register | Jan 11