May 18, 2012 |
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.
April 5, 2012 |
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.
June 26, 2012 |
It may be hard to remember now, but at one point the Lakers viewed Pau Gasol as a savior. Once the Lakers acquired him in a trade in February 2008 from the Memphis Grizzlies, all sorts of reactions unfolded. The move immediately softened Kobe Bryant's frustration about the team lacking a championship roster. Lakers Coach Phil Jackson admitted skepticism that the Lakers could acquire Gasol for Kwame Brown, Aaron McKie, Javaris Crittenton, two first-round picks and the rights to Pau's brother Marc, whom the Lakers drafted with a second-round pick in 2007.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 27, 2013 |
Injuries defined the Lakers' regular season. Now the team is decimated, trying to challenge the 58-24 San Antonio Spurs with a skeleton crew. "We've been murdered by injuries," said Pau Gasol. "It's tough to overcome that. " Coach Mike D'Antoni relied on Andrew Goudelock for almost 41 minutes -- a player who wasn't even on the team a couple of weeks ago. Darius Morris wasn't in the rotation before the Lakers lost guard after guard after guard. "These guys are learning, but they got to learn on the fly," said Dwight Howard. "I think Darius and Andrew came in and played real well.
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.