Gasol has missed the past eight-games for the Lakers because of tendinitis in both knees and the star forward is finally ready to be back on the court again.
He said on his official Twitter account: “Tonight I’m going to be back playing after being out for more than 2 weeks! Happy to be back on the floor with my teammates!
The Lakers have won its last two games after beating the Philadelphia Sixers 111-98 and the Washington Wizards 102-96 and the team is looking ahead to taking another win over a Bobcats (7-16) team, which has dropped its last 11 games.
Kobe Bryant is looking forward to having his good friend back on the floor with him again and he believes the Spaniard’s return will add a vital element to the team.
“When Pau gets back, we’re going to play through him a great deal,” Bryant told reporters after the win over the Wizards.
“Probably at the start of the shot clock, we’ll move around the perimeter, this that and the other. Last 10 seconds of the shot clock – when we don’t have anything – we’ll post him up.
“Then he can make plays and make guys better, which he’s fantastic at.”
Gasol’s return will mean Antawn Jamison will go back to the bench.