Gasol (foot) won't suit up for Spain in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Spanish news site ABC reports.
Despite suffering a broken right foot in February that ended up costing him the rest of his 2015-16 season with the Grizzlies, Gasol was hopeful to be healthy in time to suit up for his home country in Rio. The Grizzlies had outlined a 16-week recovery timetable for Gasol following his Feb. 20 surgery, which would have put him on track for full health by early July, but it appears he's still struggling to regain conditioning. In an effort to avoid aggravating the injury, Gasol will hold himself out of the Games and turn his attention toward getting ready for training camp in the fall with the Grizzlies. The organization is hopeful that Gasol will be back to full strength by the time camp begins.
While Gasol hasn't hit any roadblocks in his recovery, he was always facing long odds to suit up for Spain in the Olympics after undergoing the surgery in late February. Foot injuries are often career-altering or even career-ending setbacks for big men, so it's expected that Gasol will take the cautious route and sit out the Olympics in preparation for camp with the Grizzles in the fall.
Marc Gasol (foot) was able to resume walking without crutches Tuesday, Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commercial Appeal reports.
Gasol's broken right foot will prevent him from rejoining the Memphis Grizzlies at any point in the postseason and will also force him to miss the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janiero. While ditching crutches in only a small stepping stone in the recovery process, it's at least encouraging that we haven't heard reports of any setbacks for the center since his late-February surgery. He's expected to be ready to go for the start of the 2016-17 season.
Coach Dave Joerger confirmed Tuesday that Marc Gasol (foot) will require at least 16 weeks of recovery before resuming basketball activities, Peter Fleischer of FOX 13 Memphis (WHBQ-TV) reports.
This timeline would seem to jibe with the four-to-six month recovery period that Spanish news outlet Marca outlined for Gasol two weeks earlier when he first suffered the foot fracture. Gasol underwent a successful procedure over the past weekend and isn't expected to endure career-threatening complications as a result of the surgery, but given that he's 7-foot-1 and 31 years old, there will remain some valid concerns of the center's ability to stay healthy when he returns in 2016-17.
While Gasol will miss the remainder of the season, he's expected to make a full recovery, though the team declined to offer a concrete return timetable. Spanish news outlet Marca reported nearly two weeks ago that Gasol is likely to miss four-to-six months, but it's unclear whether that timeline is in fact legitimate. Regardless, the Grizzlies will be without their top player for the remainder of the season, and at this point, Gasol's status for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio would appear to be in serious jeopardy. The Grizzlies have been starting JaMychal Green at center recently in Gasol's place, but the minutes load could be divvied up fairly evenly between Green, Brandan Wright, and Chris Andersen over the remainder of the campaign.
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