Rooscooter wrote:Grudges?!! This guys career was saved from first round exits and failure by the Lakers and Kobe. Lets not forget that what we've seen the last 3 years IS Pau Gasol..... The 3 years between Memphis and the last 3 are the outlier.......
can't agree with this sentiment one bit. he was great in Memphis. nobody is saying the guy can be your #1 option and lead you deep into the playoffs. however, he's an incredible #2 option. obviously he's deteriorated with age, but to downplay this guy's skill and contribution to the basketball court is just
i just don't understand this post at all.
So Pau should begrudge the Lakers for daring to trade him? Ummm .. OK.
I don't think he ever won a playoff game before he came here. In his first season here the Celtics ran over him... plain and simple. He showed something the next year dominating Howard and again the next year as well. Then it was back to "white swan".
You took some liberty with my post and put some words in my mouth that I didn't say..... I think I've only seen one big man ever more fundamentally talented than him (Kareem) yet he crumbles 90% of the time when it's time to play under the bright lights. This has nothing to do with his "skill". That's just the point.... all the pundits focus on the phrase "most skilled big man" and stuff like that..... while when they talk about Kobe it's "killer instinct"..... "winner".... "dedicated"..... etc.
The notion that he could even be holding a "grudge" is a little funny to me. 2 championships and a contract that paid him the 3rd most in the league for 5 years...... and he's somehow upset?....