March 4, 2012 |
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 |
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.
January 31, 2013 |
As the Lakers prepare for their visit to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night, Wolves point guard Ricky Rubio spoke out on behalf of fellow Spaniard Pau Gasol. "[Gasol] proved to the league he is one of the best," Rubio told reporters in Minneapolis. "He can pass. He can shoot. He can rebound. He can do a lot of things. I think if you use him in the right way, he is a top player in this league. If they don't want him, we are more than welcome to get him. " Gasol has voiced his frustration multiple times this season, especially on his recent move to the bench.
May 25, 2012 |
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.
August 9, 2012 |
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.
July 28, 2012 |
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 27, 2012 |
With the starting lineup the Lakers have accumulated, it's a hard task to dissect any significant weaknesses. Long ago the lightning rod for criticism, the Lakers' point guard spot suddenly becomes dangerous with Steve Nash directing the offense. Kobe Bryant's prolific scoring will become more efficient now that he'll relieve ball handling duties. Dwight Howard remains the league's top center both in scoring on the low block and denying looks inside. He has a trusty sidekick in Pau Gasol to facilitate and complement his post presence.
January 17, 2013 |
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.
November 20, 2013 |
Pau Gasol is still trying to figure it out. How did Kobe Bryant get from lying around on a training table to being a productive player at Lakers practice? "I didn't expect him to do this much this quick. I guess I didn't have a chance to see what he's been able to do on his own," Gasol said. Bryant practiced Wednesday for a second consecutive day, continuing his comeback from a torn Achilles' tendon. There is still no timetable for his return but he is not expected to play Friday against Golden State.
December 7, 2012 |
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.