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October 1, 2012 | Lisa Dillman
For those who were wondering about the zoo-like setting at Lakers' media day … Was this merely setting the stage for an "insane season"? Pau Gasol, probably the most-sensible, well-grounded star, might have been the best Lakers player to answer the question. “Well, we'll see,” Gasol said on Monday. “We can make it insane and it can be insane in different ways. We just have to keep it to the direction we want it to be.” Having a semblance of control would be a nice change for Gasol after a chaotic and wildly uncertain year.
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April 3, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Pau Gasol might have played his last game in a Lakers uniform. The team is leaning toward sitting him for its final seven games while he recovers from a severe recurrence of vertigo. He won't play Friday against Dallas after dizziness kept him confined at the team hotel Wednesday while the Lakers played Sacramento. He flew back on the team charter that night after missing a fifth game because of the illness. INTERACTIVE: The Lakers ever-changing lineup It was the latest downturn in a rough season for Gasol.
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November 5, 2011 | By Ben Bolch
Like millions of other children around the world, the 11-year-old boy watched the television in horror as Magic Johnson announced he had HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Unlike most others his age, the boy vowed to do something about it. He would become a doctor and seek a cure. His name was Pau Gasol. Saving others was what his family did. His mother was a surgeon in Spain, his father a nurse administrator. It didn't matter to the boy that Johnson, the married Lakers star, announced on Nov. 7, 1991, that he had a virus associated with unsafe sex and intravenous drug use. "My perception didn't change when I heard the news," Gasol said of his childhood hero in an email recently from Barcelona.
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March 25, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Pau Gasol missed the Lakers' shoot-around Tuesday and was considered doubtful for the game against New York. Gasol was feeling better, Coach Mike D'Antoni said, but probably would be replaced by Chris Kaman in the starting lineup. Gasol left Sunday's game against Orlando after feeling dizzy and nauseated in the first half. "Gary said [Gasol] feels a little bit better," Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni said, mentioning longtime team trainer Gary Vitti. Gasol is averaging 17.5 points and 9.8 rebounds.
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May 6, 2012 | Bill Plaschke
DENVER - For a year he's taken the high road, staying above the mess that had become his Lakers career, refusing to indulge in the finger-pointing and pity that collected around his feet like piling garbage. He was blamed for last year's playoff loss, yet he didn't blame back. He was traded, then the trade was nullified, yet a smile, however forced, remained. He never whined. He never moped. He began this postseason as a third option in an offense that he once helped dominate, but he still had not griped, refusing to reveal anything that would let us know exactly how he was feeling.
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February 4, 2013 | T.J. Simers
NEW YORK - In this mess of a Lakers season, there has remained one crazy, befuddling constant: Mike D'Antoni's decision to embarrass and then bench Pau Gasol. Good for Earl Clark. But when D'Antoni began his stint as Lakers coach by not playing Gasol in the fourth quarter, replying, "I was thinking I'd like to win this game," it was a big-time putdown. It seemed like too much, too soon, especially for someone who has meant so much to the Lakers. "It's hard to know personalities if you don't get in touch with them," said Gasol, his relationship with the Lakers coach now cordial and tension-free but still anchored in disagreement.
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January 8, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
  The Lakers announced that Pau Gasol, who suffered a concussion Sunday in a loss to the Denver Nuggets, was reexamined Tuesday by neurologist Dr. Vern Williams. Gasol was "not cleared to resume playing basketball," and will miss -- as expected -- the Lakers' visits to the Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs on back-to-back nights. Williams will evaluate Gasol again Thursday, ahead of the Lakers' Friday night game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center. The NBA has instituted a more rigorous concussion policy to help protect players.  Until Gasol reaches his individual neurological baseline, set earlier in the season, he won't be cleared to play.
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October 19, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
The phrase is wildly overused in sports. Football's renaissance man. Basketball's renaissance man. Mixed martial arts' renaissance man. OK, maybe not the last one. Overuse reigns. So we will steer clear of using that description of the Lakers' Pau Gasol. But the Spaniard is a delight to interview, a man of varied interests and unfailingly polite under intense pressure from the media horde, often firing questions at him in two languages. One of the terrific byproducts of Twitter is that the fans also get a good glimpse of Gasol's personality and his varied interests, all on display for his 1.5-million plus followers.
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August 24, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Pau Gasol has experienced a wide range of emotions this off-season. He is excited the Lakers acquired Dwight Howard and Steve Nash in hopes of squeezing out more NBA championships.  He is relieved the Lakers made such deals without trading him. He was filled with pride as the leader of the Spanish men's basketball team and his country's flag bearer in the 2012 London Olympics, though he was disappointed Spain lost in the gold-medal match to the...
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December 24, 2009 | By Broderick Turner
Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak eased his way into the interview room with a satisfied look on his face after having completed a contract extension with Pau Gasol . Kupchak offered a "good afternoon" to the assembled media Wednesday before being asked where Gasol was. Kupchak turned to look behind himself. "Believe me, he'll be here," Kupchak said. On Wednesday, Gasol officially signed a three-year extension worth up to $64.7 million, depending on the NBA salary-cap figures to be determined in 2011.
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March 17, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Don't feel sorry for Pau Gasol. He doesn't feel bad for himself. Kobe Bryant played only six games this season and Steve Nash barely made it through 10, but Gasol will appear in his 57th game Wednesday against San Antonio, the same team that blasted the Lakers by 34 on Friday. The Lakers had never lost by that many to the Spurs. They'd played 76 games against each other since 1976. "It's weird," Gasol said. "I'm sure it feels weird to them as well to see the team that we have out there and what we had in recent years.
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March 2, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Kobe Bryant has played only six games this season, taking away a strong-willed and sometimes critical voice of the Lakers. But Pau Gasol has played more than six years with Bryant, long enough to pick up some of his behavior. Several days after criticizing some of his teammates' selfish play and Coach Mike D'Antoni's small-ball approach, Gasol was no longer angry. It's not as if his words directly led to a victory Friday against the Sacramento Kings. But he felt the need to crack the whip regardless.
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February 13, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Pau Gasol has been cleared to increase his basketball activity, according to the Lakers big man. Diagnosed with a strained right groin on Feb. 1, Gasol missed the Lakers' last five games. He spoke briefly in the locker room at Staples Center as his team prepared to play the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night. The 7-foot power forward/center was examined on Thursday by Dr. Steve Yoon of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Group. The Lakers don't play again until Feb. 19, hosting the Houston Rockets at Staples Center.
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February 13, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Pau Gasol was traded to Houston a few years ago, or so the Lakers thought. Since then, he's been subjected to more trade rumors than can be counted on two hands. But for some reason, he wants to remain with the franchise through next Thursday's trade deadline. "My preference would be to stay," Gasol said Thursday. "That's what I've been saying all year, though the circumstances are difficult right now for our team and nobody's too happy. But it's still my team and I still want to be here.
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February 4, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Phoenix Suns have stopped talks to acquire Pau Gasol because they feel the Lakers want too much for the veteran post player, according to a person familiar with the situation. Phoenix could own four picks in the June draft, and the Lakers coveted one of the more valuable two -- the pick the Suns could potentially get from Minnesota or the one they might receive from Washington. Both of those picks are protected and will revert back to Washington and Minnesota if they stumble.
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February 1, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers' injuries keep coming, as if anything's really surprising anymore. Pau Gasol was the latest to receive bad MRI exam results and was expected to miss at least a week because of a strained right groin, the Lakers said Saturday. He won't be available for their three-game trip to Minnesota, Cleveland and Philadelphia, which means the Lakers might be 20 to 25 games under .500 when Kobe Bryant returns from a fractured knee. Or, it should be said, if Bryant returns from a fractured knee this season.
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November 20, 2009 | By Mike Bresnahan
The never-ending "hamstring watch" finally ended. Pau Gasol was back. After two setbacks and almost five weeks of limping around on the most scrutinized leg muscle of the season, Gasol returned to the Lakers, looking as if he had never left them. The box scores show he missed 11 games, but he was in late-season form in a 108-93 victory Thursday over the Chicago Bulls at Staples Center. Gasol had 24 points and 13 rebounds in 35 minutes. The Lakers had the starting five they envisioned for months.
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June 16, 2010 | By Mike Bresnahan
Pau Gasol had a bad Game 5 last Sunday in Boston. Lamar Odom topped him, having a bad NBA Finals, period. But they each rose at important times for the Lakers in Game 6, contributing to an 89-67 victory Tuesday that meant one final game would be played Thursday against the Boston Celtics. Gasol had 17 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists. Odom had eight points and 10 rebounds, his first double-digit rebounding game of the Finals. They each ended the night on different planes of health, Gasol smiling in a suit and doing countless interviews, Odom coughing nonstop into a handkerchief as he left the Lakers locker room by himself.
SPORTS
January 13, 2014 | By Ben Bolch and Eric Pincus
LAKERS VS. CLEVELAND When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 14-23, Cavaliers 13-24. Record vs. Cavaliers (2012-13): 1-1. Update: Pau Gasol's status will be a game-time decision after he was diagnosed with a moderate strain of the flexor tendon of the big toe on his left foot. The Lakers will play a seventh consecutive game without guard Xavier Henry, who experienced soreness in his strained right knee after working out Sunday.
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December 30, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
A vaguely familiar presence was on the Lakers' practice court Monday. Pau Gasol was in the far corner, doing some light shooting and one-on-one drills with Lakers teammates Jordan Hill and Robert Sacre . He said he would play Tuesday against Milwaukee after missing three games because of a sinus infection and bronchitis that seemingly wouldn't quit. He won't be over it for weeks, he said, because of symptoms that included continual coughing and breathing troubles.
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