Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 at 11:10 am  |  24 responses

Trade Rumors Ruined Pau Gasol’s Enjoyment of ‘The Lion King’ Musical

So, there was Pau Gasol peacefully sitting through “The Lion King” musical at a Hollywood theater with his family on Saturday night, when all hell broke loose on his phone. Damn you, trade rumors! Per the LA Daily News:

At intermission, though, Gasol turned on his cell phone and logged onto Twitter. Then, he learned through a false report from KSPN-710AM that the Lakers traded him to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Andrew Bynum.

“I was getting all these messages, ‘Farewell, Pau. Thanks for all your services,” all that stuff,” Gasol recalled after the Lakers’ 110-97 loss Tuesday to the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. “I guess it’s good to get a heads-up a day before. Most guys don’t get that.”

Most guys also don’t get traded essentially three times only for the deal never to happen. But such is the circle of life for Gasol. The Lakers shipped him over two years ago in a deal that would’ve landed them Chris Paul until the NBA decided otherwise. The other two scenarios stemmed from inacurrate media reports, both during the 2011-12 season and this past week.

Gasol still hasn’t expended his nine lives with the Lakers; Cleveland traded Bynum to Chicago for All-Star forward Luol Deng and a flurry of draft picks. “It feels good to survive and live to fight another day,” said Gasol, who posted 15 points on only 5-of-14 shooting and 13 rebounds. “I’d like to continue to be here. But that’s not up to me.”

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  • jmm

    Classy guy. Deserves better.

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    Should’ve just kept the phone off then. And besides, it’s not like he was actually traded. He’s been hearing trade rumors ever since he’s been a Laker.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ben Osborne

    Best headline ever.

  • bike

    The rumors also ruined Bynum’s enjoyment of the ‘VeggieTales Sing Alongs’ movie. He was looking forward to see what happened to Archibald Asparagus.

  • shockexchange

    The Shock Exchange has a saying for moments like these, “The expectation of getting traded is worse than getting traded itself.”

  • KSupreme

    The past FEW years of his career has been poisoned by trade rumors. How can a player play at his full potential when there’s constant distraction. As a Lakers fan, trade his @ss or sign him so he can get back to his job with a clear mind.

  • spit hot fiyah

    deserves better? just get of twitter and it’s not an issue


    ” But such is the circle of life for Gasol ”

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  • VanCityBBall

    Wonder if Chirs Broussard tweeted him…

  • LakeShow

    Don’t look at that phone Pau!!

  • Saleem Rainman

    lol 15 points on “only” 14 shots. good reporting, LA daily.

  • Pamela R. Lawson

    And besides, it’s not like he was actually traded. He’s been hearing trade rumors ever since he’s been a Laker.

  • comin’ at cha

    “15 points on only 5-of-14 shooting”. learn to read ya dunce

  • RunNGun

    Future Timberpup.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    I cannot stop laughing

  • Drig

    Paragraphs + witty lines + catchy headline. You don’t often see all of them in one article. Awesome.

    As for Pau, poor guy. But hey, never should’ve opened you cell in the middle.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    la must be a real nice city because pau puts up with terrible working conditions

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    dont make fun of my brother

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  • Guest

    Haha exactly what I’ve been thinking. I don’t get it, place seems terrible whenever I visit.

  • Saleem Rainman

    5-14 is still 14 shots… “ya dunce”.

  • Saleem Rainman

    lol. much appreciated