Lakers forward Pau Gasol still feels the lingering effects of a concussion enough not to be cleared for basketball activities.
He saw team neurologist Dr. Vern Williams in Los Angeles Tuesday and will have a follow up exam on Thursday. Gasol will sit out for at least the Lakers’ next two games in a slate of road back-to-backs tonight against the Houston Rockets and Wednesday against the San Antonio Spurs.
According to the NBA’s concussion policy, a player has to pass a series of tests including ones involving a stationary bike, jogging, agility and non contact drills. Should the player prove he’s symptom-free, he’ll have to increase the exertion of such exercises.
Kobe Bryant suffered a concussion last season in the 2012 NBA All-Star game after Dwyane Wade accidentally elbowed him in the nose. Bryant managed to pass the tests three days after the concussion and didn’t miss any games.