D.J. Mbenga: The Lakers’ MVB

November 11th, 2009 by Paul Peszko Leave a reply »

Christmas cannot come too early for the Lakers this year.  That’s the latest timetable for Pau Gasol’s return to the team according to Phil Jackson.


Gasol’s hamstring injury, which had been a day-to-day then a week-to-week issue, has just turned into a month-to-month wait and see.


Hamstrings can have a very complicated healing process, and Gasol’s is one of the more peculiar.  


Having played all the way through the 2007-2008 NBA season and full playoff run, then in the 2008 Olympics, followed by the 2008-2009 NBA season, and full playoff run and then this summer in the European Championship, Gasol’s injury is no doubt complicated by fatigue.


He hasn’t been able to string two consecutive workouts together where the muscle didn’t tighten up on him the next day and limit his movement.


The fact that Mitch Kupchak was able to re-sign Lamar Odom this summer may prove to be the MVS, the Most Valuable Signing of this NBA season.  


Odom has jumped into Gasol’s No. 4 spot, and the Lakers have forged ...

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