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Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol will undergo the FAST (Focused Aspiration of Scar Tissue) technique to address the tendonosis in both knees.
The procedure involves inserting a probe that directs ultrasonic energy to eliminate scar tissue without damaging healthy tissue.
The Lakers will issue a timetable for Gasol's recovery after the procedure is completed by Dr. Steven Yoon of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Group.
Gasol, 32, wrote on Twitter that after talking to several specialists he will proceed to regenerate both of his patellar tendons to allow him to play without the pain.
He noted that his left knee, which he uses to jump off, is hurting more than his right.
Furthermore, he was also suffering from calcification on the insertion of his patellar tendon in his knees.
The four-time All-Star missed more games (33) in 2012-13 than during any season in his 12-year career because of injury. He averaged 13.7 points on 46.6 percent shooting this season, both career lows, along with 8.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. He, however, registered three triple-doubles in his final seven games.
Gasol has one year remaining on his Lakers contract worth $19.3 million but acknowledged at his exit interview last week that he could have played his last game as a Laker.
Kobe Bryant publicly lobbied for the team to bring Gasol back next season.
"For me, it's a no-brainer," Bryant said. "We need [Gasol] to get to where we need to go."
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Lakers Forward Pau Gasol to Undergo Regeneration for Knees