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Gasol says finger injury 'isn't serious'


The Lakers' Pau Gasol, who had surgery on the index finger of his left hand Monday after suffering an injury practicing with the Spanish national team, said today that he was hoping to be ready to play in the European championships, which begin Sept. 7.

"I am not overly worried as it isn't a very serious injury and in three weeks I expect to be back doing practically everything," Gasol said at a news conference today, Reuters reported. Gasol injured a ligament in the finger.

"I have explained the situation to the Lakers, and they have the results. They aren't pleased I am injured, but I don't think they'll put obstacles in my way.

"I am making sure the lines of communication with them are open and clear and hope I won't have to travel over there. My wish is to be with the team and to enjoy Eurobasket."

Gasol shot 56.7% from the field for the Lakers last season, averaging 18.9 points and 9.6 rebounds. During the playoffs, including their victory over Orlando in the NBA Finals, he shot 57.9% and averaged 18.3 points and 10.8 rebounds.

-- Mike James

Photo: Lakers center Pau Gasol arrives for a news conference in Cadiz, Spain, where he's been working out with Spain's national team. Credit: Roman Rios / EPA

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