Lakers forward Pau Gasol will see neurologist Dr. Vern Williams on Wednesday, marking his seventh visit since suffering a concussion in the team’s loss Jan. 6 to the Denver Nuggets.
Gasol wasn’t evaluated on Tuesday, though he had already been penciled out tonight when the Lakers (16-21) host the Milwaukee Bucks (19-17) at Staples Center.
The NBA concussion policies require players to go through a series of exercises symptom free before being cleared to play. An NBA official said those tests, including ones on the stationary bike, light jogging, running, jumping and agility drills, team drills with limited contact and then full court contact drills.
It remains unclear which drills Gasol has passed if any. Nonetheless, Gasol attended the Lakers’ win Sunday against the Cavaliers. That could signify some progress considering players who suffer concussions are initially told to avoid bright lights and loud noises. Lakers coach Mike D’Anonti also said Gasol has participated in light shooting drills.
The Lakers have gone 1-3 during Gasol’s absence, but it’s resulted in the emergence of Earl Clark. He will make his third consecutive start after averaging averaged 12.5 points and 10.8 rebounds in 30.5 minute during Gasol’s injury.
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