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Pau Gasol had a bad week

Posted on: May 9, 2011 1:42 pm
Edited on: May 9, 2011 1:48 pm
 
Pau Gasol loses fiance, has tension with Lakers, is swept from playoffs. Other than that, things aren't bad for the 7-foot Spaniard. 
Posted by Matt Moore




Let's take a look at Pau Gasol's week: 

  • Dumped by his long-time girlfriend: check. 
  • Challenged and pushed physically by Phil Jackson, who notoriously does not get up in player's faces or ever touch them during games: check.
  • Dominated against Euro 7-footer, exposing him as an inferior to Dirk Nowitzki: check.
  • Swept from playoffs in attempt for three-peat, and failed to send arguably the greatest coach in NBA history out on a high note: check.

Yeah, that's a pretty bad week. 

Gasol was reported to be upset with Kobe Bryant over his wife's involvement in Gasol's girlfriend's decision to break up with him earlier in the week. Gasol admitted there was some tension in the locker room, but also denied Bryant's involvement. It's not really worth pursuing, since it's none of our business and it doesn't change the result. It's understandable that Gasol would be upset about something in his personal life like that, but in the biggest series of the year for the Lakers, they needed their big man, and he wasn't there. It's a rough patch of luck, but you have to fight through it if you want to be a champion, as cliche as that sounds. 

Perhaps more important, though, is this point. Regardless of what was going on with Gasol, he still could have dominated had the Mavericks not played him so well. They sent effective doubles, brought help when he got to the corner, challenged his turnarounds enough to drive him too deep baseline, and stayed aggressive on the defensive boards to not allow those tip-ins.  Pau Gasol has a terrible week, one that has changed Laker fans' perception of him despite his pivotal role in the Lakers' two championships, but it should be noted that it was a two way street. Gasol fell apart when the Lakers needed him most, and the Mavericks did what they had to in order to take away the Lakers' second best player. 

If the last few weeks have been interesting for Gasol, the next few months could be even moreso. 
Comments

Since: Sep 16, 2009
Posted on: May 10, 2011 12:47 pm
 

Pau Gasol had a bad week

It's all Pau's fault.  They should cut him immediately.  Cut Bynum too.



Since: Nov 18, 2010
Posted on: May 10, 2011 11:17 am
 

Pau Gasol had a bad week

Please send Gasol to the Knicks...please...to blame one man for a sweep is ridiculouss. I am sure the Knicks will find someplace for him to play...and to hear some people even say his brother is better is a joke...Kobe got what he deserved...no ring this year...one less year for him to tie Jordan



Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: May 10, 2011 7:50 am
 

Pau Gasol had a bad week

Kobe reaped what he sowed.



Since: Dec 5, 2009
Posted on: May 9, 2011 9:34 pm
 

Pau Gasol had a bad week

as much as I dislike the lakers and kobe, no way did he rape that girl.  Thats just a cheap shot.



Since: May 9, 2011
Posted on: May 9, 2011 8:29 pm
 

Pau Gasol had a bad week

Excuse me Mr Moore...the state of "journalism" has sunk to an all new low with these rumors about Pau. If anyone looking in to the story on mediatakeout.com about their "breakup" they would find many things that are untrue. Her name was spelled wrong. She isn't his fiance. She went to all his home playoff games since they are still together. They are NOT broken up and this is a fact.
 As Kobe said to confirm things. Vanessa and Silvia barely know each other!!!!
 What kind of complete idiots make up stories about a good man and good player who happens to be in a slump. He has played hard for the last 3 yrs and post season. He is probably very fatigued and this is the reason he didn't play up to his usual strengths.
 People have to make up rumors to try to get clicks on their little blogs. It is really turning most websites in to National Enquirers since it is so hard to really believe what is printed. :(
 



Since: Feb 2, 2011
Posted on: May 9, 2011 6:52 pm
 

Pau Gasol had a bad week

Excellent bloq. Wish more like you were on the board.



Since: Feb 2, 2011
Posted on: May 9, 2011 6:51 pm
 

Pau Gasol had a bad week

You say "fact is". Please show us your facts mnot speculations.



Since: Feb 2, 2011
Posted on: May 9, 2011 6:49 pm
 

Pau Gasol had a bad week

Gasol was reported to be upset with over his wife's involvement in Gasol's girlfriend's decision to break up with him earlier in the week.

Really CBS Sports, are we back in junior high?



Since: Mar 28, 2011
Posted on: May 9, 2011 5:45 pm
 

Pau Gasol had a bad week

Wow, look at all the people sympathizing with a rapist. Fact is, Bryant is one, and it's entirely possible that it did happen. Most women go ballistic when something like that happens to them, usually cutting off ties with any and everyone that might even be remotely associated with the act.



Since: Oct 6, 2010
Posted on: May 9, 2011 5:40 pm
 

Pau Gasol had a bad week

Pau Gasol is the next best thing that was brought to the Lakers. Undeniably, he's one of the best big man out there with high basketball IQ, that can rebound and block, can shoot 15 foot jumpers like nothing. Yeah, he doesn't play aggressive like KG or Dwight Howard, but his finess play is what hes comfortable with. As a Laker's fan, I'm not going to throw this guy under the bus. He was having a terrible week in the playoffs, but that doesn't mean he lost his game. Next season he can still avg 18 points and 10 rebounds per game. This guy brought the Lakers to 3 finals and help them win 2 championships. There is no reason for him to get traded. This was Lakers year to lose because they are an old team. The fire wasn't there like last year and the year before that. Whatever is going on in the locker room showed out on the floor. But most of the credit does go to Dallas because they played exceptionally well. Great ball movement, a deep bench with sharp shooters, they played great defense as well, and they have a future hall of fame PF in Dirk Nowitski. Congradulations to the Mavericks for the sweep and killing the Lakers badly in game 4 to go to the WCF. They deserve it. As for what Odom and Bynum did to get ejected in the last game, that was stupid of them and uncalled for... Laker fans doesn't condone that nor does their organization. Basketball is a business, they were not being professional and I'm sure they will get the right suspension, fine or whatever next season. There is no bandwagon here, I'm still a Lakers fan. I will still watch the playoffs because that's what real NBA fans do, even if their team is gone fishing lol...



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