Pau Gasol Will Not Travel With Lakers During Trip To Utah

Today it was learned that Pau Gasol is still dealing with an upper respiratory infection and will not travel with the team to Utah, according to Serena Winters.

Gasol sat out of the Lakers loss to the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, and it has been something that Gasol has been bothered by for most of the season. Gasol was dealing with a respiratory infection toward the end of the pre-season and it was something that was still bothering him in mid-November. The illness reared its ugly head last week before the game against the Warriors and has lingered since.

The Lakers recently got Jordan Farmar back in the fold for their Christmas Day game against the Miami Heat, but still continue to struggle without the team at full strength.

There still isn’t any timetable for the return of Steve Nash. Kobe Bryant will have to sit out at least another five weeks while Steve Blake will likely be out for another month. There is no timetable for when Gasol will be able to re-join the team.

After Friday’s game in Utah, the Lakers will have a four-game home stretch in which they’ll surely hope that Gasol will be ready to play in. In the mean time, Jordan Hill, Chris Kaman, Shawne Williams, Robert Sacre and now Ryan Kelly will handle the front court duties while Gasol recovers.

Health has been an issue for the Lakers for the past two seasons as the issues continue to pile up.

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