Back in February, just days before the NBA’s All-Star Break, the Memphis Grizzlies’ Marc Gasol went down with a broken foot that would sideline him for the rest of the season.
On Monday, the team announced that their all-world center was cleared to play just a little over a week before the start of training camp. After the announcement, Gasol shared an image of Jack Nicholson’s famous role from The Shining with the words “I’m Back” written in all caps on top of the image.
At the time of the injury, the Grizzlies were playing fairly well with a 30-22 record and winners of nine of their previous 11 games. After the injury, the Grizzlies went 12-18 with losing streaks of four, six and four in the final 17 games of the season.
Gasol spent his offseason rehabbing in Spain and has recently been playing pickup basketball with teammates, according to The Memphis Commercial Appeal.
With the huge Mike Conley extension earlier this summer and Gasol looking primed to make a return to the team before the season gets underway, the Grizzlies have to be feeling great about the upcoming season. Gasol will turn 32 in January, and considering the history of big men who have struggled to come back from a broken foot injury, it’s very likely that Gasol will be on a strict minutes diet at least early in the season.