Vasashi17 wrote:What exactly did Pau do wrong in this game? I'm really perplexed.
Vasashi17 wrote:^^^The Suns were looking to shut down dribble penetration in our early PnR sets and Pau made them pay. They adjusted there after. I don't think Pau really needs to force anything. Just do what the defense gives you.
Also people need to understand that we are an older team. We went at a helter skelter pace in the first half and you noticed that Howard and Pau were both trying to catch their breath.
That's why you got to play like that in pulses. Bigs just can't play that way...which is why Kareem deserves that statue cause at an old age, he ran with that Showtime group.
Pau got a double double leading to a win...I'm happy with that.
Chatter about a Pau Gasol-to-Atlanta simply won't go away. It won't go away mostly because my ESPN colleague Bill Simmons, after hearing Magic Johnson suggest it on the set of "NBA Countdown," keeps throwing it out there like he did in this week's "BS Report" podcast with former Suns general manager Steve Kerr.
Only one problem.
Sources say that the Hawks, at present, have no interest in parting with Josh Smith and Kyle Korver for Gasol. Or even Smith and lesser parts for Gasol.
Positions can obviously change between now and the Feb. 21 trade deadline, but sources maintain that Atlanta has not been enticed in the least by the prospect of parting with the 26-year-old Smith -- even as he heads into unrestricted free agency -- for the 32-year-old Gasol. The Hawks, for the record, have also been telling interested teams that they value Smith and what he offers as a hybrid forward in an Eastern Conference that's generally been getting smaller.
It's undeniably true that the Lakers, if they're missing anything to make Mike D'Antoni's offense flow, could use an extra shooter or two to float to the corners. It's likewise true, sources said, that the Lakers have had internal discussions for months about pursuing Smith, not only for his athletic gifts but also knowing that J-Smoove is one of free agent-to-be Dwight Howard's closest friends in the game. But if that's really who L.A. wants, there will have to be another team or two recruited into the deal to satisfy Atlanta's demands.
Also: The Lakers surely want to take a break from big moves for a while if they can. Just since July they've traded for Steve Nash and Dwight Howard, fired Mike Brown after five games and hired D'Antoni after flirting first with Phil Jackson. Sure seems like it's time to ride with what you've got at this point apart from scouring the free-agent marketplace for a bargain shooter like, say, Mickael Pietrus. Or, better yet, Raja Bell if Utah ever consents to buy Bell out.
Sure seems like it's time to ride with what you've got at this point apart from scouring the free-agent marketplace for a bargain shooter like, say, Mickael Pietrus. Or, better yet, Raja Bell if Utah ever consents to buy Bell out.
kray28 wrote:Trading Pau for a guy with the BBall IQ of around 10 will be just about as dumb as choosing Pringles over Phil.
So I wouldn't put it past this front office. They sabotaged Pau all of last season too with the neverending trade rumors, even to the point where Kobe had to speak up for Pau. Why Magic perpetuated that rumor in the first place, I don't know.
I've had it up to here with the Pau bashing though...
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