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Monday, February 7th, 2011 at 12:00 pm  |  16 responses

Phil Jackson Also Wants a More Aggressive Pau Gasol

It’s not just Kobe Bryant asking Gasol to be The Black Swan, Phil Jackson is also demanding it. Jackson, though, knows Pau can only be aggressive to a certain point. From the Dailly News: “Phil Jackson revealed Sunday that Kobe Bryant isn’t the only one who has had conversations with Pau Gasol about being more aggressive, about demanding the ball from his teammates, about chasing rebounds and securing them. What’s Gasol’s response? Jackson, the Lakers’ Hall of Fame coach, shrugged and made a face that looked like one the 7-foot Spaniard might make when confronted about being too passive. Jackson had a couple of reporters and team staffers laughing after practice. ‘Pau knows who he is,’ Jackson said. ‘He’s tenacious. I like him to be aggressive offensively. He’s always a willing passer. The one thing I’m on him about is getting that first rebound. Don’t let them knock it out of your hands. Don’t let them knock it away. Otherwise, all this talk about how aggressive he is or how aggressive he isn’t falls on deaf ears. He totally gets it. He is who he is. We’re not going to make him into (Boston’s Kevin) Garnett. He’s not going to go around and punch guys in the (groin). He’s too nice of a guy. This is an intelligent person who understands what this game is about. We’ve been to the Finals three years in a row, so that’s part of it.’”

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  • http://slamonline.com SWIFTboy

    Headline: Phil Jackson gives metaphorical low blow about Kevin Garnett’s literal low blow.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Shots fired!

  • Riggs

    don’t let the celtics embarass you at home again phil, then you can talk about KG.

  • don

    Well the Lakers did beat the Celts when it counted so he can say whatever he wants

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Nice, a dig at your enemy while critiquing your ally. “Well, we aren’t going to turn him into a competitive prick, but he’s still good…” Jeez.

  • T-Money

    Haha, I love it. KG is a prick and deserves to be called out for hitting people in the balls.

  • JR

    This article is giving me deja vu…same thing happend last year.

  • Red Star

    The Zen Master at his best!!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    KG’s new nick name should be “The Balls puncher”

  • http://slamonline.com Yknot

    We want him to be the Black Swan, or the white Rick Mahorn!

  • Jelte

    I don’t get it… no matter what kind of personality you are, why can’t you be aggressive during a basketball game?? Do they have to pay him more, before he will start doing it?

  • Omar

    If Pau gave Phil a well-deserved punch in the mouth, would people stop questioning his toughness. Pau takes the most crap for a star player this side of Chris Bosh.

  • ClydeSays

    I’ll expect KG to punch Pau (aka Phil) in the nuts this Friday.

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

    funny

  • dsleepy

    i see june started early this year…

  • Tizzle

    I’d just like to point out to those who felt all high and mighty off a regular season win that the Lakers showed up in Boston, but Boston didn’t.

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