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August 30, 2012 | By Mark Medina
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.
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October 2, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
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.
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November 19, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
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.
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August 27, 2012 | By Mark Medina
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.
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April 4, 2012 | By Mark Medina
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.
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January 17, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers will get Pau Gasol back Thursday night against the Miami Heat after the forward-center missed five games with a concussion. After losing six straight games, the Lakers have won two in a row. According to Coach Mike D'Antoni, the Lakers improved their level of play halfway through the losing streak. "We don't want to get too excited about two wins," D'Antoni said. "Even in the three losses we had before this, it's just a better [level of] play and a little bit of rhythm to what we're doing.
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August 31, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Among the highlights of my interview in the video above with Lakers forward Pau Gasol, who spent the last  week in the African nation of Chad as a UNICEF ambassador: --Why he described the trip as "intense" --How he processes the suffering he sees around the region --How Gasol helped with feeding and sanitation efforts --Playing pickup basketball games with the citizens there, mostly as a perimeter player --What he plans to do...
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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.
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August 29, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
After procedures on both knees in May, Pau Gasol is finally progressing to running -- albeit on grass. This evening I'm going to continue getting better. Weight room workout and then running on grass. Every day one more step forward. - Pau Gasol (@paugasol) August 29, 2013 Gasol underwent "FAST technique" procedures May 9 after struggling with knee pain throughout the season.  He also received stem cell injections to help stimulate the regeneration of tissue in his knees.
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September 26, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Pau Gasol has returned to Los Angeles after spending the summer in his native Spain. The veteran forward/center has been sidelined since May, recovering from procedures to alleviate tendinosis in both knees. Just recently he resumed basketball activities after a lengthy period just on the treadmill, in the weight room or pool. Gasol visited with Dr. Steve Yoon of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic on Thursday for a checkup.   Good morning from LA! This morning I will visit Dr. Yoon and he will check how my patellar tendons are. I will update you later!
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