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May 18, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Growing up, Pau Gasol came to a crossroads at which he had to decide whether to pursue a medical career or play professional basketball. He soon chose the latter, but the Lakers forward has still tapped into his interest in medicine. His involvement has become so wide-ranging that Gasol won this year's  J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award.  Gasol won for his efforts supporting the medical field. Last year, Lakers forward Metta World Peace (then Ron Artest) won for his extensive involvement with supporting mental health charities.
March 4, 2012 | By Melissa Rohlin
Don't call Pau Gasol soft. On Sunday afternoon, the 250-pound 7-footer stepped in front of LeBron James and nudged him when he saw James acting aggressively toward one of his teammates. The tussle happened at the end of the third quarter after James, frustrated over a non-call, gave a forearm shiver to Troy Murphy. Gasol immediately intervened and dealt James a bit of push. "I saw that he elbowed a little bit or shoved Troy," Gasol said. "At one point you have to say, 'It's enough.'" "If the officials don't make a big deal about it or don't make a certain call then you have to force the issue a little bit and make them understand this is going on, we're not going to take this kind of thing here.
June 28, 2012 | By Mark Medina
The NBA draft begins Thursday evening, so of course that means Pau Gasol's standing with the Lakers remains in limbo. Gasol has felt resigned with uncertainty ever since the nixed Chris Paul trade. Considering that the Lakers fell in the Western Conference semifinals for the second consecutive season, it's likely that feeling could last all next season - unless the Lakers trade Gasol, of course. The latest scenario, as reported by The Times' Mike Bresnahan , involved the Atlanta Hawks trying to trade power forward Josh Smith for Gasol.
July 28, 2012 | By Mark Medina
On the best days, here's how Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol interact. They high-five each other. They rub each other's heads. They express appreciation for their complementary styles. On the worst days, here's how Bryant and Gasol interact. Bryant questions Gasol's aggressiveness. Gasol laments Bryant's high-volume shooting coming at the expense of crisp ball movement. In their Game 5 loss to Oklahoma City in the Western Conference semifinals, they even argued. But never had the two interacted this way. Bryant and Gasol posed in a photo Friday night moments before the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics wearing their unique garb.
August 9, 2012 | By Mark Medina
After going through a Lakers' season where he appeared lost in the high-post, Pau Gasol has found himself in the 2012 London Olympics dominating in the low block. After seeing his standing fall below Andrew Bynum in the Lakers' pecking order, Gasol has led Spain in what could result in a gold-medal game against Team USA for the second time in four years. After wondering all year whether the Lakers truly valued his presence, Spain has shown that it needs Gasol. The difference has proven so drastic that Gasol may finish these Games matching Brazil's Oscar Schmidt as the only other player to lead the field in scoring in three consecutive Olympic appearances.
May 25, 2012 | By Mark Medina
The lasting image of Pau Gasol's decline in what could be his last year with the Lakers comes from this last week. One can choose his costly turnover that became a flashpoint in the Lakers' 103-100 Game 4 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. With Gasol having a clear look to take a potential game-winning jumper, Kobe Bryant led the charge that his errant pass epitomized his season-wide inconsistent aggressiveness. Focus on Bryant and Gasol arguing with each other in the waning minutes of the Lakers' Game 5 elimination loss to the Thunder.
January 17, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
After missing the previous five games because of a concussion, Pau Gasol is set to play for the Lakers as they face the Miami Heat on Thursday night at Staples Center. Gasol will come off the bench for the first time since the 2004-05 season and only the seventh time in 822 career NBA games. Earl Clark will make a fourth consecutive start in Gasol's place. "It kind of makes sense the first game to come off the bench and ease back into it with this game because they weren't really expecting me to play tonight," Gasol said after the Lakers' shoot-around Thursday.
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.
December 7, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
With the team struggling and Pau Gasol ailing (both on the court and now off with knee tendinitis), rumors abound that the Lakers will look to trade their star big man. The Lakers, before doing anything rash, might be more likely to wait until Steve Nash returns from his leg injury to see exactly what the team can accomplish. Of course, with rumors, other franchises and players are mentioned, which has a ripple effect throughout the NBA. One of the teams tied to the Lakers and a possible Gasol trade has been the Minnesota Timberwolves.
March 12, 2012 | By Mark Medina
-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan reports the Lakers and Celtics talked last week about making a trade for Rajon Rondo. But Bresnaahn reports are unwilling to trade Pau Gasol for Rondo. Game stories -- The Times' Bresnahan explains how Kobe Bryant drew up the final paly for Andrew Bynum in the Lakers' 97-94 win Sunday over Boston. -- The Orange County Register's Janis Carr details how the Lakers rallied against the Celtics. -- The Boston Herald's Mark Murphy documents the Celtics' disappearing act late in the game.
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