Pau Gasol cleared to run

For the first time since tearing the plantar fascia of his right foot four weeks ago, Lakers forward Pau Gasol received medical clearance Thursday to participate in running drills.

“Discomfort was minimal,” Gasol said on Twitcam. “Very encouraging.”

Gasol traveled with the Lakers’ on their two-game trip to Oklahoma City (Tuesday) and New Orleans (Wednesday) and spent that time working with strength and conditioning coach Tim DiFrancesco on exercises that test his gluteal and neuro muscles. Gasol has missed the past 13 games and is expected to stay sidelined for at least another two to four weeks.

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  • Baywarrior

    Lakers should go after Tmac, maybe even start him and have Pau MWP Jamison Meeks all come off the bench. He would only need like 15-18 minutes a game when both MWP and Kobe need a rest before the playoffs. His length and ability to put he ball on the floor and hit jumpers not to mention how well his play making/passing is would be welcome addition. One more person that could contribute off the bench is just what the Lakers need, and having more more person to stick on the longer 3 men like Durant for a few minutes would be key.