Lakers expect Pau Gasol to recover from knee procedure in three months

After having a procedure Thursday to reduce the soreness surrounding the tendonosis in both of his knees, Pau Gasol is expected to return fully healthy in three months.

There’s obviously no rush for Gasol to return considering the Lakers bounced out of the first round last week in the 2013 NBA playoffs in a first-round sweep to the San Antonio Spurs. But Gasol won’t be able to go through any on-court training until early August.

Gasol plans to have another procedure next week with Dr. Steve Yoon of Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Group in Los Angeles, which will entail the Lakers forward receiving stem cell injections to help stimulate regeneration in his tissue. Gasol underwent a the so-called “Fast Technique” procedure on Thursday, which entailed having a probe inserted into both of his knees to direct to eliminate scar tissue without damaging the healthy tissue.

Gasol suggested as early as the day prior to the Lakers’ Game 4 loss two weeks ago to San Antonio that he’d have some offseason work done on both of his knees. Gasol missed a total of 33 games due to various ailments, including knee tendonitis that sidelined him for eight games in early December. But Gasol said the injury lingered throughout the season. He averaged 13.7 points on 46.6 percent shooting and 8.6 rebounds through 49 games.


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