July 20, 2012 |
In what he considers to be "one of the happiest moments of his career," Lakers forward Pau Gasol will carry the Spanish flag next Friday during opening ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics. Spain's Olympic federation said in a statement that Gasol represents "the best values in sport and competition. " But it also comes on the heels of Spanish tennis star Rafeal Nadal withdrawing from competition because of a knee injury. "All my support to my friend @ RafaelNadal in this tough moment as an athlete," Gasol tweeted.
May 26, 2012 |
Nearly a month has passed since Pau Gasol became a horse owner, and Saturday will mark the first time the Lakers' forward will see him race. Gasol confirmed in an email to The Times that he will watch Siempre Mio make his first start at Betfair Hollywood Park since he and teammate Kobe Bryant partnered in owning the horse. "I am looking forward to a nice event," Gasol said. "I am not used to that but it's going to be exciting and a good horse race. " Gasol and Bryant each bid $8,000 on April 25 at an auction benefiting the Lakers' Youth Foundation to share the owning rights after L.A. Car Guy President Mike Sullivan also chipped in with an $8,000 donation.
January 12, 2013 |
Pau Gasol still hasn't been cleared for basketball activity. The Lakers forward-center has been out with a concussion since taking a JaVale McGee arm to the nose on Jan. 6 during a loss to the Denver Nuggets. Gasol will be reevaluated before the Lakers battle the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday at Staples Center. Assuming Gasol is sidelined, Coach Mike D'Antoni will continue to go with Earl Clark, who suddenly becomes even more important to the team with Jordan Hill lost for the season because of a hip injury.
January 30, 2013 |
Tuesday night's win over the New Orleans Hornets was a difficult one for Lakers center/forward Pau Gasol. "It's fun to win but when a team comes back on you the way the Hornets did tonight, and you're not there as a high-quality player and a competitor, it's frustrating," Gasol said. Already bothered by Coach Mike D'Antoni's decision to have him come off the bench behind Earl Clark, Gasol also sat the fourth quarter as the Hornets made a late run. When D'Antoni rushed his starters back in to staunch the bleeding, Gasol just sat and watched.
December 7, 2012 |
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Lakers power forward Pau Gasol will not play Friday night against Oklahoma City, his third missed game because of knee tendinitis. Gasol did not take part in shoot-around but could return Sunday against Utah. His knees have bothered him since training camp -- his left worse than his right -- and he began revealing discomfort to reporters two weeks ago. Antawn Jamison will again start in place of Gasol. He has averaged 15 points and 6.5 rebounds in Gasol's absence.
August 30, 2012 |
Just as he's about to end a week-long trip to the African nation of Chad as a UNICEF ambassador, Lakers forward Pau Gasol plans on getting involved this year with another civic project. "I'm finalizing the details so I can have my own foundation," Gasol told The Times on Thursday in a phone interview. "I'll continue to have the relationships I have with UNICEF and other organizations. But I will also have my own foundation that I will be very involved with because I want to continue to have a big impact and make a big difference in different fields, particularly with children.
November 19, 2012 |
Lakers forward Pau Gasol scored his 15,000th career point Sunday night in the Lakers' 119-108 victory over the Houston Rockets. After a draft-day trade sent him from the Atlanta Hawks to Memphis, Gasol spent 6 1/2 seasons with the Grizzlies before his trade in 2008 to the Lakers. The deal would revitalize the franchise, helping to take the Lakers to the NBA Finals for three straight years, winning two titles. Teammate Kobe Bryant spoke highly of Gasol on Sunday night. "Hopefully, people will talk about him a little bit, sing his praises a little bit," Bryant said.
October 2, 2013 |
Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni has been impressed with the play of Pau Gasol in training camp. "Pau is way ahead of what I thought he might be coming back from surgery; he's playing really well," D'Antoni said. Gasol underwent procedures on his knees in May to help alleviate tendinosis. He spent almost the entire summer resting and rehabbing. "I thought coming off injury that he'd sit down half a practice, maybe skip practice -- he's done everything, all the time," D'Antoni said.
August 27, 2012 |
Hunched down on the ground, Pau Gasol leaned over and extended his hand. In most circumstances, the Lakers forward does that to shoot a mid-range jumper, operate in the low post, dish off a nifty assist or block a shot. But Gasol's versatility goes beyond his basketball skills. In this case, a two-year-old girl named Fatime clutched Gasol's hand on Saturday while lying on a blanket with her older brother and mom at a hospital in Mao, a city in the African nation of Chad. The girl represents a fraction of a sobering statistic.
April 4, 2012 |
The Lakers star pushed his opponent from behind. Then he approached him to show he wouldn't back down. He then earned a technical foul. Sounds like something Metta World Peace would do. Or Josh McRoberts. Or Kobe Bryant. But it was none of those players. It was Pau Gasol. The 18,997 fans at Staples Center expressed displeasure with the Humphries-Kim Kardashian split by booing the Nets forward whenever he touched the ball. But Gasol expressed his displeasure with Humphries by confronting him. "It's been a little physical," Gasol said after the Lakers' 91-87 victory Tuesday over New Jersey.