NBA: Grizzlies' Gasol to miss rest of season after foot op

Memphis Grizzlies centre Marc Gasol (right) will miss the rest of the NBA season due to a broken right foot.
Memphis Grizzlies centre Marc Gasol (right) will miss the rest of the NBA season due to a broken right foot.PHOTO: USA TODAY SPORTS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Memphis Grizzlies centre Marc Gasol has had surgery on his broken right foot and will miss the rest of the NBA season, the team said on Tuesday.

The Grizzlies said Spain's Gasol had surgery on Saturday. The towering centre exited early from a Feb 8 defeat to the Portland Trail Blazers, but had complained of pain in the days before that.

An MRI scan then confirmed a fracture in his right foot.

Gasol played in 52 games this season and finished his campaign with averages of 16.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.35 blocks in 34.4 minutes per game.

"Marc remains a cornerstone of our franchise and we are pleased to hear that the surgery went according to plan," Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace said.