With Kobe Bryant being out of action for all but six games out of the Los Angeles Lakers’ 2013-14 NBA season, much of the spotlight has been shifted towards aging big-man Pau Gasol. Though he’s been unable to carry this team to much success at all, Gasol has at least put up solid numbers for this mightily struggling team.
In 59 games this year, Gasol has averaged 17.5 points, 9.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.5 blocks in 31.5 minutes per game while hitting 48.1 percent of his shots. For some perspective, those numbers are all close to his career averages, except that he’s played 4.1 fewer minutes per game this season than he has over his career.
However, Gasol was a part of a strange moment on Sunday night as the Lakers overtook the also-struggling Orlando Magic. After playing 19 relatively quiet minutes in the first half, Gasol didn’t return in the second half due to some type of illness due to being nauseous and dizzy. He was even taken to the hospital after the game where, according to Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report, he received three liters of fluid from an IV and was kept overnight.
While I would doubt that anything prolonged will result from Gasol’s illness and hospitalization beyond maybe missing a game or two, this is yet another chapter in what has been one of the most dysfunctional and odd Lakers seasons in recent memory.
This year in L.A. has basically been Murphy’s Law coming to fruition. Injuries throughout the roster, Dwight Howard leaving town last summer, not having cap-room to sign any free-agents of substance, and ultimately being one of the worst teams in the NBA has been what has defined this season for the Lakers. Things have to get better beyond this season, don’t they?