Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 at 11:15 am  |  37 responses

Pau Gasol: Lakers Only Need a Roster ‘Tweak’

Pau Gasol, who has been the subject of numerous trade rumors this season, says his squad doesn’t need any major changes prior to the deadline. From ESPN: “The team is doing well. We’re winning, we’re moving on, and now people are starting to talk that we don’t need a major trade,’ Gasol said after shootaround on Tuesday. ‘We just need a tweak here and there. Or a piece that can make us better for later. That’s what you hear because we’re winning. But if we would’ve lost three of the last six games instead of winning them, then you’d hear, ‘They definitely need a major trade.’ So, anyway … I guess March 15 is closer. I know it’s coming. It’s only, what? Nine days. So no matter what, in nine days, we’ll have an answer no matter what. That’s the good thing. Hopefully after that we can put everything behind us.’”

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  • abaci

    Meth. Not even once.

  • jimmythesaint

    @abaci .. funniest post i’ve ever seen on Slam. Propers!

  • RunNGun

    Pau’s right. He’s the tweak and will be sent out by the trade deadline. Make it happen, Buss Jr.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    How about a 7 footer who can post up a 6″8 small forward, Pau?

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    “Get me outta here!!”

  • http://www.double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    Translation: We need a Point Guard…

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    ^^ More likely, right?

  • Rainman

    “if we would’ve lost three of the last six games instead of winning them”…Pau…if u would have lost three of the last 6 games, u STILL would have won 3 of the last 6 games…

  • Rainman

    Translation: “The offseason cant come quick enough! i need to go to college during the summer!”

  • RunNGun

    Co-signed The Philosopher.

  • Yesse

    I don’t think they should have ever let Farmar, Brown and Ariza go.

    Now you can see how bad they miss a point guard and Ron Artest has been playing well lately, but i would still rather have Ariza.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    co sign phil, and that pg should be arenas or aaron brooks

  • freezy

    Allen Iverson or Arenas what have they got to lose.

  • fizzbucket

    Lol @ Rainman. Basic arithmetic is a lost art.

  • fizzbucket

    The “count his rings” argument for Kobe is invalid here, as the MVP award goes to the player most valuable to their team (theoretically) in the regular season. Kobe has twice as many Finals MVPs than regular season MVPs, and I’m pretty sure he’s okay with that. On the flip side, if the award was solely based on “whose team would suck the most without Player X”, then Dwight Howard and Deron Williams would be frontrunners for MVP. That is not true, because the Nets and Magic suck, so some measure of team success is expected. This is why LBJ and KD are the main contenders, because they’re the two best players on the two best teams in the league.

  • LA Huey

    Metta wants his nipples tweaked.


    LOL at LA Huey talking about Ron Ron’s nipples being played with. I’ll just say this, nipple play is great.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Fizzbucket: Loss to Charlotte notwithstanding, the Magic are still third in the east and fifth overall. I didn’t realize that “sucked.”

  • http://juan.garcia@computershare.com MoveOverBacon

    Pau doesn’t want to leave the greatest place on Earth… Southern California baby! Book it!

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2012/03/deshawn-stevenson-lebron-didn%e2%80%99t-play-like-he-should-have-played-in-nba-finals/ bike

    Fire the coach.

  • fizzbucket

    Sorry about that 12:57 comment, that was completely the wrong article, haha.

  • The Great Mambino

    Trading Pau is absolutely ludicrous. There’s so little we can get for him in return that would make a discernable difference in our team. Subtracting our biggest advantage (size!) just to address our biggest problem (point guard) where we get ZERO production is not the answer. I wrote more about it here ( http://thegreatmambino.blogspot.com/2012/02/state-of-laker-nation-why-rush-to-trade.html ), but suffice to say, trading Pau is not the answer to making the Lakers better, especially when we have other trade assets.

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

    I’ve always wondered how other players feel when their star teammates make statements like these. I mean, of course he’s right, but… He’s basically calling for at least 2-3 guys to be cut or shipped out. If I were the 12th man on the Lakers I would not be happy right now.

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

    Well okay, from a financial standpoint I’d be pretty happy.

  • LA Huey

    You’re weird, Orange.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Pau is right, get rid of him for Deron Williams. BOOK IT!!

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Co-Sign LA Huey.


    LA Huey says, “Metta wants his nipples tweaked<," yes says I'm weird. Then his "boy" LakeShow co-signs him…Mmmkay, yeah I sure didn't see that one coming. *rolls eyes*

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    I might’ve taken this more seriously if I’d seen it before I saw who they lost to tonight…

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    The tweak is for him to get his soft ass under the basket and demand the ball.


    LOL. the Bullets just came back & straight balled on the Lakers. Straight Jackin!!!!!

  • ptrain


    Nick Tha Quick
    The Philosopher Posted:
    spit hot fiyah
    The Great Mambino
    The Seed
    LA Huey

    I all respect and value your opinions

  • http://www.nesn.com/2012/02/kobe-bryant-says-hes-better-than-michael-jordan-second-to-wilt-chamberlain-as-best-nba-player-ever-v.html shutup

    ^wait what? lmao thats the definition of mad respect, in my Ali G voice

  • will

    they have cap room so they just need to add another G and another F to their bench who are fine with being roleplayers. they are really missing Brown and Odom..

  • Omar


  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Shout out @ptrain…


    I’m so nice I was posted twice. Thanks ptrain. LOL