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April 5, 2012 | By Mark Medina
One leap, one forearm shove and one powerful dunk Blake Griffin threw down quickly sent Pau Gasol to the floor. Before he had even time to process becoming the latest victim on Griffin's dunk posters, Gasol's first instinct involved arguing with you-know-who. "I was on my [butt], I woke up, I stood up and told the referee I had a ... forearm on my face, on my throat," Gasol said after the Lakers' 113-108 victory Wednesday over the Clippers. "That's something that needs to be looked at. " The officials hardly listened.
January 31, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
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.
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.
June 4, 2012 | By Mark Medina
His frustration may still linger over the Lakers' second-round playoff loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Pau Gasol's future with the team will remain dicey throughout the off-season. The only certainty for Gasol: he's spending Monday evening watching Game 3 of the Kings' Stanley Cup Final against the New Jersey Devils at Staples Center and then leaving for his native Spain on Tuesday to begin preparing for the 2012 Olympics. As far as everything else, who knows? But as Gasol stood Monday at the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, he heeded another reminder that some of those concerns pale to other matters.
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.
November 20, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
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.
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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