Spanish interview with Pau regarding last season, offseason and the future. Did my best in the translation :Dhttp://www.marca.com/2013/07/12/baloncesto/nba/noticias/1373608465.htmlHow are you?
I am fine, improving. Everything going according to plan. It was not a compliment. Lets talk about your knees.
I am a lot better. I can't fulfill physical exercises, until August I won't be working hard. I practice swimming above all else(in the mean time?)It seems like your injury was more serious than it seemed.
Well, a little bit. It was gonna take 12 weeks of rehab more or less. That time frame is gonna be reached beginning of August. Gonna start testing the knees to see how they are. I have 2 months to get right and start the season in the best way I can. Until now i've had a lo of rest. The doctors recommended that. The liquid that they have injected me with needs time and a lot of rest so the tendons regenerate. I have been hibernating. Will you be healthy at the start of the season?
I think so. I will work really hard with Joaquin Juan to obtain it. I will do whatever to start the season at my peak level. Injuries made you suffer last season like never before.
That's the word, like never before since i've been a pro basketball player. You played with pain for the most part of the season, almost for the first time.
Yes, but it looks bad to say it. What happens is that I arrived to a point where my productivity was diminishing and my level of play was suffering, I had to make the decision to stop. And I was out 2 weeks and a half because of the knees. I thought that with that time off I would get better. In reality I felt better and I returned. In a weeks time I was practically the same before taking the break. It was then that I realized that the knee pain was chronic and it was not going to go away. Later the foot injury appeared, the tear of the plantar fascia. Certain measures needed to be taken. Do you feel relieved with the departure of Howard? In a way his future compromised yours.
I don't think him staying would mean my immediate exit, but without a doubt it was possible.After his exit a new era begins. Do you see a lot of changes in the Lakers?
They have begun. We want to put a good team, with 3 or 4 more players. Kaman has arrived to play inside and I think it's a good addition. But we need a lot more. What is your status in the team. Do you feel supported by your teammates?
Its been two year since i've felt backed by Kobe. Two year ago in January or February he came to the forefront to say 'Enough with this situation, leave him alone. If you want to trade him then do so, and if not have faith in him. Its not right for a player be stuck in this type of situation' the following day Kupchak called me. He guaranteed me that I would stay. A year and a half later, I am still here. Looks like Kobe did not react the same way with the exit of Howard. Has not shed a tear. You?
Neither have I. It was his decision. It was clear to him. There were three decisive things that have come to light after his decision, like the depth of the team and other things, but I would have not mind being in the meeting where Jim buss, Kobe, Nash and Mitch were to try to convince him to stay with the Lakers. Some weird statements were released by Kobe regarding that meeting......Looked like more an invitation to leave rather than staying.
Yes, looks that way. But I am curios as to what was said. I believe that if a player wants to stay it does not depend on what he was told no matter who it was. The situation is what it is. At the moment I am still on the team. There are rumors that I might be traded for younger players with value, something that is common in the NBA. What does look clear is, Kobe after finding out the decision of Howard he twitted an image where you appeared together. Is that a reflection of the upcoming season?
My gratitude towards Kobe. Our relationship has grown over the years. I appreciate his constant and continued support. He is a player that has achieved everything, the best Laker in history and for him to have that type of respect towards me means a lot. We'll see what we are capable this year. Ofcourse, our desire is to compete for all of it.
Will Kobe be able to compete after his injury?
I know he is doing everything possible and the impossible to start the season with us, and not just at an acceptable level, but at his best. I know how he works, how he perseveres, how he gives his all to reach his goals. In that he is unique. After two modest seasons, especially the last one. Do you feel this season that this season you should step forward and vindicate yourself?
I would like to have a season where I return to be among the best of the league. And that would mean that my team would be better off. That's my goal from now on.What do the Lakers need to return and fight of a ring like they did in 2010?
After Metta was amnestied, we need two tall wing players that can defend a Durant, Lebron or Carmelo. We need young players with quickness and explosiveness to run fastbreaks. It is one of our main weaknesses. The NBA has evolved towards smaller and faster teams, with shorter power forwards that are very versatile. I think we need that the most.