Those looking for behind-the-scenes drama on how Pau Gasol handled ongoing trade speculation won't find it on HBO's "Real Sports." Those hoping for more explanations on his unraveling in the 2011 NBA playoffs won't find answers on the critically acclaimed series, either.
Instead, Gasol's segment featured Tuesday night focuses on his multifaceted interests.
It mentions how Magic Johnson's announcement in 1991 that he had HIV inspired Gasol to go to medical school: "I wish I could do something in the future to cure this disease."
It explains why Gasol ultimately chose basketball over pursuing a medical career: "If it doesn't work, we'll find out soon. It's not like it'll take five years to find out."
The episode presents vivid behind-the-scene footage of when he visited with Isabelle Shattuck, a teenage girl whom Gasol witnessed have extensive spinal surgery two years ago: "To see a human alive and [watch the doctors] open the spine up and perform what they're performing in front of my eyes is amazing."