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Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013 at 1:00 pm  |  86 responses

Pau Gasol Hopes Lakers Put Up Billboards for Him Like Dwight Howard


Desperate for his return, the Los Angeles Lakers have reduced themselves to begging free agent center Dwight Howard to re-sign with the team, and he might still end up leaving. Pau Gasol, whose contract expires next summer, is hoping for similar public displays of affection from the team (though he doubts that will happen). Per Catalunya Radio, via Lakers Nation: “When asked about how his future will be affected if Dwight Howard re-signs, Gasol doesn’t believe the Lakers will automatically trade or amnesty him, but acknowledged that those chances would increase: ‘I don’t think that Howard re-signing with the Lakers puts me out of the team for sure, but I guess the chances would grow. I know the Lakers are pushing hard trying to keep Howard with a spectacular campaign in Los Angeles, putting banners in key spots.’ While discussing the #STAYD12 banners around Los Angeles, Gasol decided to comment on his upcoming free agency and jokingly hopes that he receives the same treatment as Howard: ‘I hope they (Lakers) do the same for me next season when I become a free agent…I doubt it.’”

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  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i really don’t know if these are sarcastic comments being taken seriously, or not sarcastic comments that make me really really really not like Pau Gasol.

  • OfftheWall87

    Never recovered from being traded before the 2011-2012 season and having it not go through. Sensitive dude, not unlike Dwight. For his own sake, I hope he gets out of LA one way or another.

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    they seem a little sarcastic. But, i’m sure it’s un-nerving knowing Dwight Howard potential holds your future in his hands. From what I’ve read if Howard re-signs Gasol is getting amnestied or traded, and if he doesn’t MWP gets the boot.

  • shockexchange

    Fat chance Pau. Once “the Gimp,” always “the Gimp.”

  • LakeShow

    Keep your chin up pal.

  • robb

    Obviously he’s joking, but behind those jokes there’s a truth. The Lakers organisation don’t respect Pau. He always seems to be on the trade block and he doesn’t get enough recognition for everything he’s done for the Lakers. That’s not the way to treat the best PF the Lakers ever had.

  • Cramzy

    People act like the Lakers didn’t go to 3 finals and win 2 once Pau got there. Kobe couldn’t get out the first round riding solo.Can dude get a little love? Just a little.

  • spit hot fiyah

    1, sarcastic/joking comments are hard to detect when said verbally and then printed.

    2, never trust translations

  • OfftheWall87

    Heard him make plenty of sarcastic comments like this before. He was obviously playing around with this statement, but behind it is a real sentiment. He’s felt disrespected for at least two seasons.

  • danpowers

    i dont know what to think about his comments, but he definitely doesnt get half the respect he deserves as a basketball player for whatever reason.

  • Fat Lever

    Wonder if Slim Thug would try to recruit Pau through Twitter as much as he tried with Dwight. On a serious note, pretty pathetic display from such a proud franchise, on a clown.

    But I don’t really have room to criticize when my team got punked by Bynum as badly as we did.

  • spit hot fiyah

    yeah for real, that’s like the ultimate alibi. say something jokingly and at the same time really mean it

  • Redd

    Lakers are better off with 14′ FA..they’ll be big for FAs.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Agreed. A lot of Laker fans out here are very quick to put the blame on him during a slump and they come with the same narrative of “he’s too soft”. Never mind the fact that if it wasn’t for him we wouldn’t have had 2 titles in 3 finals appearances.

  • Evan Boland

    Because he wears little boy pants.

  • Evan Boland

    We need MWP GONE.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    As a fellow Laker fan I gotta ask you. What do you think the over/under is of Pau staying IF Howard decides to come back? Unfortunately I don’t think Pau stays around too long since D’Antoni can’t seem to coach effectively with two skilled bigmen.

  • OfftheWall87

    Pants were big enough for him to be a major factor in them going to 3 straight Finals and winning 2 of them.

  • LakeShow

    Sounds like he is gone if Howard resigns.

    Not so much because of D’Antoni, but more the fact he is scheduled to make $20 million next season.

  • roscoe

    you’re a child. No he can’t!

    in the real world all that matters is what you are capable of today.

    50-60 yr old professionals get canned everyday when they don’t cut it.

    love is for the SOFt.

  • roscoe

    I agree…

    a change of scenery for pau is what is best for him…

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Then why did I see a 57 year old man dropping fries and pouring chili on hotdogs at Wienerschnitzel?

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    I hate to agree with. If Howard stays and Pau is dumped it better he better be worth the thousands of excedrin I’ve popped from this Dwightmare.

  • bill

    “love is for the SOFt.”

    Mom’s old motto?

  • OfftheWall87

    One of D’Antoni’s first moves was putting him on the bench. Dude missed just 1 game in 2011-2012 and put up 17 and 10. That’s what he’s capable of when he is put in the post and given his touches.

  • RayJr

    Just a terrible head scratching move. That was one of the first signs D’Antoni wasn’t going to work.

  • RayJr

    I’ve never seen so much love for Pau in a Slam comments section before.

  • LakeShow

    Wheewwie, I know man.
    As much of a head ache as it has been. Howard is worth it by a statistical stand point. I hope he get’s his head straight man. Loosen up all those tight shirts and start caring about winning mainly and we have a championship competing team.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    He is but man it’s been frustrating. And you expect him to not wear tight shirts out here in LA in 2013? That’s like asking Tyler Perry to not exploit perpetuated black stereotypes.

  • Lal

    It was sarcastic with some truth behind. But hey have been very disrespectful with him last 2 years after all he’s done. Ask phil about pau to see the real dimension of pau as a player. Last season he said the key was play through gasol to make everything work. Then d’antoni happened….

  • roscoe

    bc that is where he cuts it?

    or bc he enjoys the art of making american cuisine?

    or bc he is bored in retirement?

    or quite possibly bc you are looking to join the obese population?

    idk? help me out here T-Ray???

  • roscoe

    numbers are numbers..

    pictures have a 1,00o words…

    you know better than i pau/dh12 don’t mesh…

    and that is why pringles canned pau. also, dh12 is the “future”

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Lol I was only joking. Dude loves his job and I admire ANYONE, no matter of age, who takes pride in their craft/job.

  • roscoe

    i’m not arguing w/ u pringles ain’t goin to work…

    but i will caveat your comment w/ pau&dh12 don’t work and were the catalyst to pringles move (effect)

  • roscoe

    u calling my mom old?

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    And trust me I’m far from joining that population lol I’m more in trouble of joining the opposite.

  • The Mighty FV

    DH is the most over-rated played in NBA history, this isn’t me hating – it was announced officially today. PG is right to question the lakers behaviour, they look like desperate fools right now.

  • roscoe

    ik… i just give the biz when i can.

    lol

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Lol respect.

  • OfftheWall87

    Let’s not go too far. Dude led the league in rebounding with a bad back. Relax.

  • Mars

    It’s like since Dwight came to LA, haters forgot about Pau, but news flash trolls… The coach sux, not the players. If you can’t come up with a winning scheme when you have a healthy Kobe, Nash, Pau, and D12, you are garbage. Pau is one of the most under appreciated players in the league and LA is clueless without a Phil.

  • Sérgio

    Man, I know Pau has dropped considerably since the 2010 title, and that Howard is a better player, but i’d really not want that he is amnestied/traded if D12 resigns. The guy was a major factor for those trips to the finals, and means much more to LA than that clown center. And he is still a great player, and the one Kobe trusts the most. Just look at the final games of the season – when the Lakers were desperate to get to the Playoffs, they went a lot more to him. And he delivered.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Amen. Guess we have to just wait and see man.

  • KB

    Pay Gasol brought two championships to LA…Dwight brought a 7th seed barely making the playoffs. I have much more love for Pau

  • MasterSplinter

    I think most die hard Laker fans including myself, would rather see dwight go, and pau stay right now. Pau has been nothing but professional and a huge part of 2 championships. Dwight is playing fantasy basketball. He has no sense of tradition and true motivation to be great. He just wants whatever road is the easiest. If he was an average guy not making millions. He would definitely hook up with the Hot slut that seems like a sure thing, instead of putting work in to get a great relationship with the 10. Dwight is a shortcut dude who is a legend in his own mind.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    I mean I would like to see him stay and coexist with Pau but I just don’t see it happening unfortunately. Lol love the analogy dude. Howard strikes me as an individual who cares a little too much about what people think of him. He just needs to focus on his game and the rest will flow.

  • OfftheWall87

    How many games did D’Antoni give them before he decided it couldn’t work?

  • Evan Boland

    Yeah. He’s probably the most skilled big man in the L. Teaming with Kobe in his prime, I certainly hope so. But he has no dog in him. He just ain’t got it. He’s not stepping up his work ethic to offset his aging, he’s not doing all he can to keep himself in peak condition. He had the skills to put a serious mark on the game. I’m not saying he’s an underachiever, but he most certainly never max’d out. That’s why Lakers fans don’t have him in their hearts, we got respect for him, helped put up 2 banners, but he’ll never endear himself to us either.

  • OfftheWall87

    That “dog” stuff is overrated. Can a dude play or not? Very simple. KG bullied him in the 07-08 Finals. He hit the weight room. Came back and put up 18 and 11 in the next postseason. 20 and 11 in the following postseason. Lakers got two championships. Laker fans should just say thank you to Pau or keep their mouths shut. Without him, Kobe would be stuck at 3 rings with Shaq and his legacy would look completely different. He’s a quiet, humble, sensitive dude. But he can play. He averaged 17 and 10 last season. He didn’t fall off that much in 1 year. He was brought to LA to put the Lakers over the top. He did. He’s done what he was supposed to do and remained quiet while people have ripped him talking about how soft he is.

  • Evan Boland

    Well he is soft. And we appreciate his play for those first couple of seasons. It’s not can a dude play or not. Of course he can play he’s ultra skilled. But he could do even more. He did not average 17 and 10 last season.. He spent a chunk of it on the bench and he needed some rest for his knee’s as soon as the season started. In the Olympics he was beast. He dominated Chandler down low in the Gold medal. He was beasting. He just doesn’t bring that same level of energy to the Lakers anymore. He is content with what he’s accomplished and wants to get by with his skill only. People have the right to call him out. He doesn’t bring it night after night.

  • danpowers

    “Well he is soft”
    that would make him the first soft guy in league history to ever average 10+ rpg to go with around 2bpg during multiple seasons. sorry man, but what a pathetic douche statement…

  • Evan Boland

    Um, he was a 30 year old 7 footer in a league void of a inside threats. Give me a break he’s not soft. He ain’t Bosh soft, but the dude is far from hard.

  • OfftheWall87

    Last season as in 2011-2012. 17 and 10. He dominated in the Olympics and then D’Antoni came in and decided to bench him. That’s what happened. If 20 and 11 in the Finals isn’t enough for you, nothing is. He doesn’t need to do more. What he needs is a team who is smart enough to put him in the post, give him the ball and let him go to work.

  • Evan Boland

    Good point, but I’m going to have to counter by saying he’s too mentally weak to demand the ball as SHAQ would. He was so happy Howard was here and he could be able to play outside and shoot jumpers as a 20 million dollar third option. It took Kobe to call him out and go to D’Antoni himself to demand Gasol move back in the post and man up. And low and behold, when pushed Gasol moved the post and him, Kobe and Howard started gelling and made a push into the playoffs. He needs to bring that I’m the best attitude from day one.

  • OfftheWall87

    Why are you comparing him to Shaq? He’s not a power player. He’s a finesse player and it’s more than good enough. Good enough for 2 championships in 3 seasons. Shaq had a hard enough time getting the ball from Kobe at times, you think Gasol demanding it will work any better? He was happy about having Howard because he’s probably the best passing big man in basketball along with Joakim Noah maybe and he saw them working well together. But D’Antoni put him on the bench. He’s not mentally weak at all. He just knows when things don’t make sense. Him coming off the bench behind Earl Clark didn’t make sense. If he doesn’t play one more game in a Laker uniform, he did more than enough for that franchise.

  • danpowers

    …and i thought something is wrong with us knicks fans lol

  • fruizm

    Great comparison to the girlfriend situation haha! NEVER pick the hot slut!

  • LakeShow

    I like that: “Pay Gasol 2014-2015″

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    It’s easy being an ugly slut or a hot tease, but hot sluts who are a sure thing are an endangered species that should be placed on pedestals and cherished. Seriously.

  • The Seed

    Cosign, Pau helped the Lakers win, not fail. Now, Howard can walk, we go after Josh Smith or wait until another trade can happen.

  • roscoe

    how many games did dh12 play next pau before he decided it couldn’t work?

    this is a player L, not coaches L.

  • OfftheWall87

    For anyone to say it couldn’t work, they’d need to see enough of it. How many games did they play together before D’Antoni decided to bring Pau off the bench?

  • nlruizjr

    Evan, try walking and running around with a foot problem I can’t even pronounce or spell, I should because I had the same problem some years ago and it surely isn’t a picknick and he still played and put up some respectable numbers. Gasol deserves alot more than what the Lakers are giving back to him, sort of like the diss, the Lakers gave the GOAT, Kareem Abdul Jabbar and now they are kissing ass of someone who is just 2 steps better than Kawame Brown. Go figger !!!!!

  • nlruizjr

    off, well said, the one that is mentally soft is Dantoni, why haven’t they complained about that !!!!!

  • nlruizjr

    T-Ray, if the FO had any balls, they would find a coach that can work with both bigs, Why couldn’t they see the big picture when Bernie B, had them working together without training and what does Dantoni do at the end of the season, fire Bernie because he doesn’t want someone to challenge his job, Lord knows his brother is only his gofer, that’s the biggest waste of a coaching spot in the Lakers history !!!!!!

  • king_tut

    i will pick gasol over dh12 / or pekovic over dh12. dwight dont have a go to post move..

  • The Fury

    Dan you forgot about David Robinson. He’s been called soft throughout his career. So Pau is the basically the 2nd to do so. ;)

  • Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    Pau was Chris Bosh before Chris Bosh was lol basically look at their careers and criticism given to both. Skilled but soft and not the traditional power forward their teams needed them to be. Pau eventually evovled into a more traditional play style primarily posting up and killing that mid range when sagged off or three(though not as frequent as Bosh IMO) lol that 40 pounds he gained over 11 years has helped too. Both are underrated defenders because their defense is more team designed than individual. Both essentially were the heart and soul of their team before free angency or trade. And despite how much they are mocked they are substantially more missed when not on the court. They both brought their teams three finals appearances in three consecutive years winning twice and having one or more low key moments that kept their team alive. Pau was the Paus post work allowed Kobes erratic play to be masked and was imo robbed of finals mvp in 10′. Bosh surprisngly kept his team alive in 12′ with defense and craig hodges impersonation and then this year with his “rebounding” and hustle. They may not be their teams best player but theirs teams best success usually comes when these two guys are playing their best.

  • Rockin Rod

    Add Lionel Hollins to the coaching staff!!!

  • Ugh

    Seeing as you act like you’re 12 I’d say your mom is pretty young.

  • JL

    I sure hope Evan isn’t representative of the Laker fan majorus. In that case I’d be in the minority.

  • Ugh

    cool story, lrn 2 punctuate moar

  • danpowers

    now that you say it i remember having a good laugh at that soft label back then, very funny when directed at a guy like the admiral. let any fan who accused him as soft step into a ring with him. soft my a*s

  • danpowers

    i dont know which fraction is the majority there, but you hear this soft nonsense about gasol from all around the league.
    the thing with those critics on gasol among lakers fans make themselves look like ungrateful spoiled kids.
    they are talking about the guy who let kobe bryant look like a winner who could lead his team to championships as the alpha dog so that he got rid of that little brother label even though he proved during the years before gasol that he is not a leader who makes his teammates better (i am not doubting his will, professionalism or individual skills).
    without gasol’s well rounded post game, passing skills, basketball iq, interior defense and rebounding – which was a perfect fit to that lakers team – bean’s ring count would be still at 3. then the team goes on a rough stretch with a coaching change, aging roster, chemistry issues while gasol is being used out of position and appears a little lost and these douches take him as the scapegoat and dare to call him out as soft? oh my
    and you know what the worst thing about all that is? i am german and feel forced to jump in for a spaniard’s defense lol

  • danpowers

    fire antoni and call pat ewing. he was an assistant long enough to be a good coach and knows pretty much everything about the big man’s game. he got a new job now but that wouldve been a nice scenario.

  • danpowers

    we’d gladly take him. ship him over here for stat, im sure the knicks FO will send you every draft pick between 2017 and 2050.

  • Zabbah

    You’re going to be disappointed, Pau.

  • roscoe

    i can’t count w/out taking off my shoes… hold up.

    wait for it….. wait…. wait for it…..

    it doesn’t matter bc dh12 is gone & LAL is goin rebuild like BOS

  • danpowers

    european sarcasm and you… that really dont fit together lol

  • bill

    Have the Lakers treated their big man who took them to multiple championships right since Jabbar?

  • Matt

    You’re ignoring roster context. How do they create spacing with both Howard and Pau on the floor? He was able to dominate at the Olympics because his team’s roster was tailored to the Gasol Brothers.

  • Matt

    Pau is one of the best post players in the league, through both the eye test and the analytics test.

  • Evan Boland

    Trust me, all that soft “nonsense” doesn’t come from no where, buddy. I watch over 75 Lakers games a season, I have nothing against Pau, he was elite and he can still be elite if his hearts in it, he’ll bang sometimes, he’ll fight for a ring but he doesn’t bring it night in night like the guys who crave greatness.

  • danpowers

    if you call that observation “soft” what does it say about all those guys out there that he still outplays and outrebounds? he is just a very good player whose strenghts are technique and finesse. to me that doesnt really make him soft. when a coach plays him out of position or whatever worries and system changes get him out of rhythm then he just doesnt get that many touches on the low block which automatically means less body contact.

    i understand that one could make a valid point about him appearing less motivated since that blown up cp3 trade. i just dont think that he deserves all the blame. its not that he was an overpaid unproven head case. he just brought that franchise 2 more championships and 3 finals appearences in a row and thats how the lakers say thank you?
    i’d be the first one to call out millionaires who dare to lack motivation for a job that pays em ridiculously high amounts of money. but in this special case i wonder if all the blame should go on him and if his on court struggles (by his standards) aint totally understandable.

  • Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    I was on my phone doing errands had no time lol but thanks for the write up.

  • Elias

    Well one thing for sure, he sure as hell deserves it. I donMt care anout the hate, i love pau gasol he gets shat at for no reason. He had troubles with injury this season but YOU SAW HOW HE PLAYED IN THE LAST FEW GAMES O THE SEASON. When kone was down,and he recovered from all the injuries, he stepped up and led the lakers to the playoffs(even when the jazz were offically out).

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