Pau Gasol gets younger: Miracle procedure!

Pau Gasol gets younger: Miracle procedure!

Postby karacha on Fri Sep 13, 2013 8:35 am

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Postby lakerfan2 on Fri Sep 13, 2013 8:40 am

Nooo, that's Ryan Kelly.
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Postby Weezy on Fri Sep 13, 2013 8:45 am

Wow that's weird, he instantly looks like 10 years younger with the beard gone.
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Postby karacha on Fri Sep 13, 2013 8:52 am

Yeah, he really looks like he's in his mid-20s. We'll see how that affects his game. Maybe he can get a haircut too and revert to his all-star days.
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Postby lakersin4 on Fri Sep 13, 2013 8:57 am

If that procedure he had really limits his knee problems, we might see a younger Pau on the court too.. Hopefully going against slower C's he can get back to beating his man off the dribble & we see him dunk on KG like that clip.
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Postby therealdeal on Fri Sep 13, 2013 9:03 am

I'm just hoping his mind got younger. His mindset the last 3 years has been of an old man struggling to fit in to this new world of stronger, faster athletes.
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Postby karacha on Fri Sep 13, 2013 9:19 am

Yes, but as our starting center (finally!)... I really expect him to be better. He has been struggling with injuries, but if he is healthy now, well... he is still incredibly skilled. We'll see.
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Postby therealdeal on Fri Sep 13, 2013 9:53 am

karacha wrote:Yes, but as our starting center (finally!)... I really expect him to be better. He has been struggling with injuries, but if he is healthy now, well... he is still incredibly skilled. We'll see.

Oh I agree. I think he'll be fun to watch in this offense this season if he stays healthy.
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Postby XXIV on Fri Sep 13, 2013 10:03 am

Wow he looks a lot younger without his beard. If he wasn't 7ft tall he would get carded. :man10:
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Postby LTLakerFan on Fri Sep 13, 2013 11:39 am

It was a bet with Marc. Doesn't give time limit. I bet he has it back by the season.
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Postby puffyusaf#2 on Fri Sep 13, 2013 12:40 pm

Pau say he gonna be young with the young guns too
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Postby nthydro on Fri Sep 13, 2013 4:11 pm

I think it's safe to assume his numbers will go up due to a bigger role this season but the two things I'm concerned about are defense and field goal percentage. Playing closer to the basket should help his shooting percentages, but we'll see.
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Postby Rooscooter on Fri Sep 13, 2013 6:03 pm

Age isn't the issue..... Wanting to play tough every night is. He's a SF mentally in a centers body.
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Postby Chillbongo on Fri Sep 13, 2013 9:33 pm

Rooscooter wrote:Age isn't the issue..... Wanting to play tough every night is. He's a SF mentally in a centers body.

Not sure if you are referring to the Pau of last season, but the last thing that comes to mind when I think of Pau is an SF.

His post-game alone is something an SF would dream of. Combine that with his career rebounding numbers and field goal percentage, and the only thing that comes close is Lebron James circa 2011.

Age and injury are factors but I do believe it is a mental issue.
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Postby karacha on Sat Sep 14, 2013 2:52 pm

Pau is a finesse center in mind and body. Not a SF. He does not want to play on the perimeter, shoot long jumpers or slash. He can be a beast in the post, and he wants the ball there. I feel he can still contribute. He had really good numbers last year when he played without Dwight. But his D was atrocious because of his limited mobility.
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Postby Rooscooter on Sat Sep 14, 2013 5:40 pm

He's about as allergic to the paint as a SF is....
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Postby karacha on Sat Sep 14, 2013 6:09 pm

He is? I always thought he preferred to play in the paint. He is sometimes allergic to physical play, yes -- but that does not mean he does not prefer to get the ball in the paint. That's not the same thing.
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Postby Rooscooter on Sat Sep 14, 2013 7:36 pm

Well... maybe not but his days as a center in this league are behind him. At this point he's a soft PF who passes really well. MDA, i'm sure will have him in a hybrid role that is neither a true center or PF and mostly facing up anyway.
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Postby karacha on Sat Sep 14, 2013 8:03 pm

I think he should play full center at this point in his career. I think his PF days are long gone, and frankly... to me, he was always better as a 5, even when we had Bynum. Of course, we can always agree to disagree.
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Postby Rooscooter on Sat Sep 14, 2013 8:38 pm

He was a 5 for stretches last year when Howie was hurt.... He didn't look any better... he actually played worse.

I look at Pau this way.... 19 Million.... that's the highest paid center in the league. That's how he should play or close to it. Playing center position better than he played PF doesn't cut it for me. I hope he can give us more than last year but when Bigs start dwindling there is usually little room for resurgence unfortunately.

He's a frustrating player to watch. He has an advantage in the post on just about everyone with his skill and post moves yet mentally he wants to pass the ball to someone much further away from the hoop with a lower percentage shot. Some see a center that passes an advantage.... when it's an offensively limited Brad Miller maybe... but when it's a guy capable of scoring on most touches it's really not that smart IMO.
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Postby wcsoldier81 on Sun Sep 15, 2013 2:32 am

Pau was never a PF ... his main weakness as a C was always as a defensive anchor ... below average to terrible ( except during the back to back titles seasons , he was solid enough) ... mainly due to a lack of effort and a lack of will to push back his physical limits as far as possible ( + busy summers/injuries)

Offensively , he has had his pbs with physical play .... which have been back for three seasons now and he sometimes waits too long for the play to develop instead of quickly exploiting the 1 on 1 matchup down low ... imo this always has been Pau wish to be a team guy to balance Kobe scorer mentality ... a clever approach ... but I definetely agree with Roos last paragraph .
It's always a difficult matter of finding the right balance between involving your teammates and scoring ... Pau DOES turns down too many shots around the basket ... possessions which often end up in three points shots.


Pau has mainly fallen off because he just doesn't want to win as bad as he used to want ... very few guys in sports history can maintain this desire to win again and again and again ... and constantly endure the sacrifices winning ask
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Postby XXIV on Sun Sep 15, 2013 10:30 am

Pau's as much a PF as Duncan. :man10:
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Postby Ras Algethi on Sun Sep 15, 2013 1:45 pm

XXIV wrote:Pau's as much a PF as Duncan. :man10:


Exactly. With age and injuries (his knees primarily), his foot speed has been crippled this further moves him away from the pf roll and more into the C roll. Whether he's soft or not doesn't mean he's not a C. he prefers to play inside, with deep to mid post position - that's where he's been most effective.
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Postby LooN3y on Sun Sep 15, 2013 11:22 pm

Ras Algethi wrote:
XXIV wrote:Pau's as much a PF as Duncan. :man10:


Exactly. With age and injuries (his knees primarily), his foot speed has been crippled this further moves him away from the pf roll and more into the C roll. Whether he's soft or not doesn't mean he's not a C. he prefers to play inside, with deep to mid post position - that's where he's been most effective.



i guess hes not having the same "roll" as before
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Postby Ariza3 on Mon Sep 16, 2013 1:24 pm

itll grow back in a week. hopefully his legs and feet are 100% healhty
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