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REPORT: Pau Gasol out of walking boot

Spurs, Pau Gasol

San Antonio Spurs big man Pau Gasol is out of the walking boot which he was forced to wear because of a stress fracture in his left foot.

Gasol, an 18-year NBA veteran, has missed San Antonio’s last 17 games. There is still no firm timetable for him to suit up for the Spurs, however.

“Just another step in the right direction,” Gasol said, via Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News. “You always have aches and pains, but you hope that those aches and pains aren’t serious or very damaging or could lead to a bad injury, so you just play through them.”

Here’s more from the Spurs big man, per Orsborn.

“But when they increase or become worse in a way, you have to pay attention to them, and that’s what we did. You do everything you can to keep in good shape, and I am. I’m probably in better shape now physically than I have been because I lift every other day. But I wish I could be out on the floor helping my teammates, especially at the time they are struggling. It seems like my playing contribution could be helpful.”

The 38-year-old Gasol has played in only nine games this season. The six-time All-Star, who played for the Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls before signing with the Spurs in 2017, is averaging 6.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game while shooting 51.2 percent from the field, 57.1 percent from beyond the arc and 72.2 percent from the free-throw line.

Gasol is in the second season of his three-year, $48 million deal. The Spurs are 12-14, 13th place in the Western Conference.