fkmikebrown wrote:that last play had me out of my seat. SO refreshing to see. I hope this means he has turned the corner mentally.
Finwë wrote:That last dunk was EXACTLY what we and he needed. Decisiveness, agressiveness, and explosiveness (relatively speaking lol). It was so awesome
Helljumper wrote:(And of course ... as I submit this post, another post has been made in this topic using my biggest CL pet peeve: the excuse that Pau's problems are from him playing out of position since he's supposedly a center . As if the semantics of what position he plays is going to affect his ability and willingness to play in the post... )
therealdeal wrote:This is all I wanted from him.
The man has finally shown that fire again. That desire to win. He's still shaking off the rust of depression from the last few seasons around the basket, but I'll cut him slack for a while as long as he shows me that same fire he had while we were winning the rings.
Around the rim he can't let smaller guys bully him and change his shot. He's GOT to finish around the basket when guys like Ronnie Brewer are guarding him for goodness sake. But like I said: as long as I keep seeing this fired up version of Pau Gasol, I'm willing to give him time to come back.
Forgive the nerd reference, but he reminds me of the King of Rohan coming out of his funk. It's been so long since he's shown this kind of fire, sometimes he'll get a little lost along the way. But that dunk really showed me and us and the rest of the league that he's starting to come back. He's starting to feel it again. My hope for him going forward is that he continues making progress continues finding himself as a player again.
That dunk made me happy for so many reasons, but it really rekindled my affection for this guy. THAT was the Pau that helped lead us to 3 straight Finals.
easyguy wrote:Helljumper wrote:(And of course ... as I submit this post, another post has been made in this topic using my biggest CL pet peeve: the excuse that Pau's problems are from him playing out of position since he's supposedly a center . As if the semantics of what position he plays is going to affect his ability and willingness to play in the post... )
I guess if the HEAD COACH tells you to play outside, the whole team expect you to play outside, it's time to force your way into the post and kick Howard out and start being the center. He is stuck between doing what came naturally to him and what is expected of him. In practices, probably the only plays they run for him is for him to be standing 15+ ft away from the basket, now going into games, I dont think it is that easy to just switch the switch and start posting up. Especially when the offense run a whole different system.
Lakerjones wrote:^^ Awesome post realdeal! Being a fellow LOTR/Tolkien nerd I love the Theoden reference.
I want this guy around this season. This realistically will probably be his last but I'm rooting for him as a Laker and am hoping he will help bring us number 17. I've come down on him plenty in the past few years, but the incessant whining about him lately drives me crazy. He's still on our team as Nash wanted and Mitch wanted, and I'm glad he's finally healthy. He has his weaknesses but he's a team player and now that we have Dwight and Nash as well as Kobe there's much less pressure on him to be the number two guy. The system isn't the absolute greatest for him, but I think he's finding ways to be part of the offense - the high post once again is proving to be a great place for him and his passing. I don't love him shooting threes or taking him too far away from the basket if it hurts our rebounding, but he's still doing some very good things out there. He's obviously not the greatest fit, but to me he still brings too much to the table to move him unless there is a great deal out there. I'm hoping he gets to finish the year and maybe/hopefully get that chip.
charvin wrote:At least he went in for a dunk, not some 18-20 footer jump shot.
Jerry Buss wrote:One of the biggest reasons I bought the Lakers was to beat the Celtics …..you just got it into your soul that you couldn't stand the Celtics anymore
gcclaker wrote:What I find baffling the last two seasons is Gasol's case of fumble-itis whether catching a pass or going up for a shot. On that possession where he was posting up Brewer, the ball seemed to slip out of his hand. He was often lauded for having soft hands that could catch/