Janis Carr of the Orange County Register Blog wrote:
Pau Gasol owns an Olympic silver medal, an NBA title and now a prestigious European Championship, not to mention an MVP trophy from the Euro tournament.
In Spain, that should make Gasol as big a celebrity as any matador or Penelope Cruz. That is, if the Lakers forward coveted that kind of publicity, which he doesn’t.
Unlike attention-loving Ron Artest and now reality star Lamar Odom, Gasol tries his best to stay out of the spotlight unless he’s on the court holding a trophy. Then, let the cameras click away.
“I’ve been able to maintain a distance from all of that kind of press. I like to keep my privacy to myself,” Gasol said. “Celebrity press is not as bad, but it depends on where you go. Madrid is worse.”
Gasol said he has had “a couple of issues,” with paparazzi in the past when they snapped pictures of him and a Spanish model on a beach, “but they respect me and I understand their position a little bit.
“Everyone has to eat, everyone needs a job. That’s what some people choose to do. Maybe they don’t have anything else to do. It’s tough, (but) I understand their position, but respecting someone’s life is really, really important to me and trying not to violate their privacy.”
Gasol said he has not encountered any paparazzi hanging around his home in Los Angeles or following him around town.
“So far so good,” he said.
So don’t go looking for him on any reality show or supermarket tabloid stands. The only show he wants to star in is the one playing November through June at Staples Center.