Marc Gasol, the Memphis Grizzlies center, has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after undergoing a surgery on his right foot. The season-ending injury spells terrible news for the Grizzlies, who are clinging to the fifth spot in the Western Conference.
With Gasol out for the season, Zach Randolph past his prime and Mike Conley Jr. entering free agency this summer, there are major concerns about the future of the Grizzlies. The aforementioned players formed the ‘Big Three’ and made Memphis a top-tier team over the last few seasons.
On Saturday, Gasol had to undergo a surgery to repair a non-displaced Type II fracture of the navicular bone. Typically, it takes close to 6 months for such an injury to heal. “Marc remains a cornerstone of our franchise and we are pleased to hear that the surgery went according to plan,” Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace said in a statement, indicating that the surgery was a success.
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“Marc’s determination and competitive spirit will serve him, his family and the team well as he begins the healing and rehab process from which we expect him to make a full recovery,” added the statement. Gasol averaged 16.6 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists from 52 games.
Marc, the younger of the Gasol brothers, signed a five-year max extension with Memphis this past offseason after becoming the first Grizzlies player to make the All-NBA First Team, an honor that eluded Pau during his years with the team. “We are confident we will have Marc back anchoring our team next season and beyond,” said Wallace, reiterating that Gasol will remain the leader of the team.
The Grizzlies (32-23) are still likely to make the playoffs. However, it’s very unlikely that they get past the first round. “It is frustrating to not be on the court with my teammates at this time. But I understand that the focus of this process is on long-term health and stability. I look forward to the road ahead and a full and successful recovery,” Marc Gasol said in a statement.