FabFourLakers wrote:therealdeal wrote:His defense is and will remain awful, but he's looking better already. His shots weren't totally wild and in fact he went to the post pretty effectively more than once.
Good game from him. This production is pretty much what we'll need to scare anybody in the playoffs.
Yeah I think that if Pau brings this type of effort, this will be the only way we can a) make the playoffs and b) make any type of noise in those playoffs. Pau was an absolute bust in his first 2 games back...but the real test comes tomorrow...that's pretty much a GUARANTEED loss with this group though unfortunately....
DuddlyDoRight wrote:He seems to have lost ALOT of lift and athleticism, during our championship years he was just sooo much more agile, has nothing to do with dunking the ball. When he would make post moves he was soo much quicker with them. Now he barely gets off the ground and they look AWFUL even when they go in. I still think he can be an integral part of the team, I just wonder if he has lost what made him so powerful for good.
Chillbongo wrote:Yeah I think he is just physically limited unfortunately.
That being said look at guys like Kobe, Metta, Duncan, KG, Grant Hill, etc with as many years in the league. If he approached basketball like an obsessive craft, it could make a difference.
I could be wrong, but if Pau trained a bit harder, cut out sugar of his diet etc. I think we'd see improvement. But he's Spanish he probably likes them rice and beers too much. Stick to the seafood Pau!
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
therealdeal wrote:I actually think Pau is VERY dedicated to his craft. You don't have post moves like he does if you don't.
I don't think cutting sugar out would help him that much because it's not about being tired necessarily, I just think he doesn't have the lift he used to have and he never had a ton to begin with. I'm sure exhaustion has something to do with what he looks like now after returning from injury, but not as much as him just being weak physically.
The best thing would have been if he started lifting more regularly and more weight 10 years ago. If he had some muscle on his frame he'd be more durable now, but it's much too late for that.
John3:16 wrote:I feel bad for whatever team trades for Gasol. His defense is atrocious. Layup line whenever he's in the game.