Gasol to sit out another one

Coach Phil Jackson ruled out a return of Pau Gasol in Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks. Said Jackson after today’s practice, “No, there’s not a chance he’s going to play.” The Lakers say they’re not worried about Gasol and his strained right hamstring, but the plain fact is that he has already missed their first two regular-season games plus their final six exhibitions. He last played Oct. 9 in an exhibition against Golden State at the Forum. It remains to be seen if he can play in either Tuesday’s game at Oklahoma City or Wednesday’s contest at Houston. He’s not practicing with the team and there’s no timetable for his return to the court. Gasol wasn’t available to talk today, but I’m hoping for a chat before Sunday’s game against the Hawks at Staples Center.