scissors wrote:Going back and reading the earlier pages of this thread brings back memories about how good Pau was. What the hell happened to this guy? How can someone just decline and play with no heart so fast? I just don't understand it. Knowing that he can get his 3rd championship ring with the same team should motivate him enough. If not that then the amount of money he is getting paid should motivate him. He truly has become the bottom of the barrel on this team.
Actually the answer is pretty simple ... some players are sastified with winning one or a couple times ... while the all time greats are always hungry for more ...
Most of Pau decline has to do with the mental approach of the game ... he isn't willing to make the extra effort or take the constant beating/ physical play in the paint anymore as he was in 09 and 2010 .... all of this obviously wear a player down physically ... this is when the " win at all costs " mentality does the job or not
Why do you think Pau looks like a beast in the Gold medal game ? because he wanted to win the Gold at all cost and was all in mentally .
That being said , all the minutes Pau has played these latest 5-6 years have speed up his decline too ... Summer 06,07,08, 09 , 2011 and 2012 ... VERY few NBA players would be able to maintain a high level of play after all this