Chicago Bulls forward Pau Gasol had a terrific game in leading Spain to the quarterfinals of the EuroBasketball 2015 but according to Nikos Varlos of Eurohoops.net may have risked serious injury as well.
Varlos reported that Gasol was in pain prior to the start of the game against Poland and ran to the locker room to get medical treatment.
“The doctors told me that Pau couldn’t play more than five minutes straight,” Spanish coach Sergio Scariolo said in his post-game press conference. “But after the first five minutes, when I asked him to come to bench he told me now, ‘I will take the risk,’ he answered me and he had an amazing game.”
Gasol finished with 30 points and seven rebounds in Spain’s 80-66 victory. Gasol was 11-of-14 from the floor, including 6-of-7 from beyond the arc. He is expected to play in Spain’s quarterfinal games against Greece on September 15.
Other news for September 15:
Montrezl Harrell and the Houston Rockets are finalizing a three-year deal according to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports. The Rockets is using its mid-level exception and will be hard-capped, meaning Houston won’t be able to carry a payroll of more than $88.74MM at any point this season once the deal becomes official.
The Charlotte Hornets will apparently have 18 players at training camp as the team has recently signed Jason Washburn and Sam Thompson. Washburn, 25, averaged 8.9 points and 3.9 rebounds in 27 games for Brussels last year. He appeared in two summer league contests for Utah this year. Thompson, 22, appeared in 35 games for Ohio State last year, averaging 10.2 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists.
Bulls forward Taj Gibson told K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune that he played with a torn ligament in his right ankle late last year. Gibson had surgery and is said to be on track with his rehab.
Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker had his rookie season cut short due to an ACL but is believed to ahead of schedule in his rehab. Parker, who is expected to have his minutes restricted during the early part of the season, could be ready by opening night. Last year, Parker averaged 12.3 points and 5.5 boards in 25 games.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love is about a month-to-a month away to returning to the court after having shoulder surgery. He was injured during a Cavs playoff game in April.
Minnesota Timberwolves assistant coach Sam Mitchell will take over the team as head coach Flip Saunders battles cancer. Mitchell was previously a head coach with the Toronto Raptors for four seasons.
Metta World Peace reportedly is interested in returning to the NBA and he has been working out at the Los Angeles Lakers practice practice facility. The Lakers signed undrafted rookie free agent Robert Upshaw, who will get $35,000 in guaranteed money.