Sunday, June 6th, 2010 at 11:28 am  |  15 responses

Gasol Unhappy With Media

It was reported yesterday that Gasol took some verbal swipes at Kevin Garnett. Now Pau Gasol wants everyone to know that the comments were taken out of context. Let’s turn to the Boston Globe for more: “Pau Gasol was a bit surprised by the reaction to his comments on Kevin Garnett, saying the Celtics forward had lost some ‘explosiveness.’ Yesterday after the Lakers practice at the Staples Center, Gasol was asked about facing Garnett over the years and how his and Garnett’s game had changed in his career…Today, he was a bit miffed by accounts that he was ripping into Garnett. ‘I understand (the) media try to create situations for whatever reason, create attraction,’ Gasol said. ‘But again, sometimes I extend my answers too long. Maybe I shouldn’t do that. I should be shorter with my answers and don’t give away just anything so it can’t be manipulated that way and used. But it is what it is,’ Gasol continued. ‘It’s the Finals. It’s going to be a little bit of chaos. We’ve just got to focus on doing whatever it takes to win Game 2. That’s my main focus.’”

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  • Dallas Stokes

    ENOUGH WITH THE SOFTNESS PAU!!! He should say whatever he wants and it shouldnt be nice THIS IS THE FINALS!!! THIS IS WAR!!!

  • mike

    Kung Pau!!!!

  • The Philosopher

    Sometimes people can try to take advantage of one’s humility, for Pau Gasol is among the most humble players in The League. Class act.

  • deano

    Flat out, you don’t talk about another opponent like that period, especially a competitor like KG. I know he’s riding high right now, but lets see how he handles what he dished tonight

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    co sign Philosopher

  • deano

    ….now lets be clear we all know he was in no way trying to demean KG or his ability, thats the obvious. But there are unwritten rules in sports. This would be the equivalent of like Lebron saying “Kobe’s lost his explosiveness, the injuries have bogged him down, he’s not the same player,” after the Cav’s beat the lakers this reg. season, you know what i’m saying. You don’t wanna tug the cape of a competitor. lets see how he handles it

  • Yesse

    Ofcourse it was taken out of context. That is what the media does. I think Pau should know that.

  • yeaaaaaa

    if you do NOT think kg has lost some of his explosiveness and he is the same player he was in 2008…you are a bizarre person.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    The media is why players can’t be themselves to the public.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Weird, because the media is supposed to show us who the players REALLY are. But, they don’t.

  • http://slamonline.com J Dizzle

    Very true Teddy. We always get the sound bites that make them out to be something they’re not. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen a headline and been surprised, then read the article just to see that it was way out of context. I know there’s a lot of people who feel the same.

  • JoeMaMa

    “both teams played hard.” Pau: read, review, remember, recite.

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    lol at JoeMaMa

  • BostonBaller

    I’ve said it over and over about players answering questions and what content is in their answer that can be manipulated into something “newsworthy”. I like Pau and respect his knowledge of the game and of medicine, arts, etc but he does need to shorten his answers if he isn’t willing to endure the critics. lol. Why do we or better yet the players get upset at the media when this happens, it’s part of their jobs and they do it so well we keep coming back for more..job well done. lol.

  • Ronald

    I like how the person who posted this carefully left out the original quote that Pau said in regards to KG and simply referred it as “Gasol took some VERBAL SWIPES at Kevin Garnett.” Then in the headline describes Gasol as being “UNHAPPY” despite no real indication that he is unhappy merely “surprised” but “understands.”