Pau Gasol Injury: Updates on Lakers Star's Vertigo and Return

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IApril 2, 2014

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Updates from Sunday, April 13

Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News has the latest on Pau Gasol:

Mike Trudell of had more on his long-term status:

Updates from Friday, April 11

L.A. Daily News reporter Mark Medina reports that Gasol will miss Friday's game:

Updates from Wednesday, April 9

ESPN's Dave McMenamin has an update on Gasol's status:

Updates from Thursday, April 3

Mike Bresnahan of the LA Times has a discouraging update on Pau Gasol's status for the remainder of the 2013-14 season:

Pau Gasol might have played his last game in a Lakers uniform.

The team is leaning toward sitting him for its final seven games while he recovers from a severe recurrence of vertigo.

He won't play Friday against Dallas after dizziness kept him confined at the team hotel Wednesday while the Lakers played Sacramento. He flew back on the team charter that night after missing a fifth game because of the illness.

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Los Angeles Lakers star big man Pau Gasol is once again battling vertigo and will miss Wednesday night's game against the Sacramento Kings.   

Bleacher Report's Kevin Ding has the news, noting that the veteran's current condition is so bad he can't even leave the hotel:

Gasol missed four games while dealing with vertigo at the end of March, but he returned on Tuesday night to play 28 minutes in the loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. However, according to ESPN's Dave McMenamin, this marks a "severe recurrence":

After missing the four games, Gasol talked to reporters, via McMenamin, about his bout with vertigo, calling it "a nightmare":

Just really light-headed, dizzy, drowsy state for five to six days at home without really moving much. Just laying (down). Let my system kind of readjust. Because it was scary. A scary moment for me and my family and the ones that love me.

It was a nightmare. I was feeling terrible. Everybody that saw me, they felt bad because I was extremely pale. I was kind of shivering. I couldn't really move. I had three liters of IV fluid. I couldn't get up. I couldn't sit. The had to take me to the hospital on a stretcher. So, the whole experience was not pleasant.

Gasol went on to compare the symptoms to a concussion he suffered last season, and if he is in such a bad condition that he can't even leave the hotel, it's probably time to shut him down for the season, although no decision has been made. 

The Lakers are only playing for more ping-pong balls in the draft lottery at this point, and it's far more important to make sure the big man, who hits free agency this summer, gets back to 100 percent. 

In the meantime, the team will continue to see what it has in players like Chris Kaman, Jordan Hill, Ryan Kelly and Robert Sacre.