Friday, November 19th, 2010 at 2:30 pm  |  13 responses

Phil Jackson Wants Pau Gasol to ‘Inflict Some Pain’

Here’s the latest from the Zen Master’s never-ending prodding of his best post player. The OC Register has the quotes: “You have to take it in your own hands,’ Jackson said. Jackson mentioned how Kobe Bryant is effective with his aggressiveness toward defenders, and Gasol should be also to take his game to another level. ‘I told him there is a way to do that,’ Jackson said, ‘where the player you’re going against will understand that you have to take care of your own territorial rights.’ Jackson said even such a nice guy as Gasol needs to ‘inflict some pain sometimes. That’s just the warrior mentality that you have to have … It’s not anything that’s wrong and it’s not anything that makes you a bad person to do. It’s the code of behavior we have in this game. That’s where he has to take the next step.’”

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  • Kid Dynamite

    Good luck with that…….

  • unrel

    good coaching.. always challenge your stars the same way you yell at your sasha’s..

  • T-Money

    Kudos to Phil, he always knew how to get the best of his players. Notice that he never needles LO even when he’s playing like sh–? Some can take criticism and try to prove you wrong like Gasol and some others need to cajoled or else they’ll go into a funk. I think he’s just effing with Sasha though, he doesn’t like him period lol.

  • LakeShow

    he wont even need to when they play miami…

  • Bruno

    wise words and that’s not only for gasol but for anyone who plays basketball

  • ClydeSays

    Uh, has he met Pau? To his credit Jackson challenged Gasol to become more of a defensive presence & he responded. But I doubt Pau is ever going to be an Oakley-type enforcer in the paint…

  • http://www.pablasso.com pablasso

    Nerver needles at LO? he’s te most yelled laker!

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Pau will become an enfocrer right after shaq wins a 3pt contest.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    if he could become the type of defensive player that jackson wants him to be he will truly unstoppable

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    I thought the only pain Whine-Pau inflicts are his flailing arms/flying elbows when he goes fishing for fouls on offense. Not to mention the damage caused to opponent’s eardrums from his regular “HEYYY, ARRRH, AAHH” screams.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    So much for that idea. The MANNA FROM HEAVEN DARKO!!!! Put 23 16 6blks on paus face. Pau just got dominated by DARKO!!!!!!!!

  • bdub

    Dude got Darko’d

  • boggs

    this is like asking lindsay lohan to stop snorting coke. just sayin.