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Gasol says he needs to 'snap out of it'

Posted on: May 7, 2011 1:33 pm
Edited on: May 7, 2011 2:54 pm
Posted by Royce Young

It was obvious to Phil Jackson early on. I've seen Phil get animated, but during a break in the first half last night against the Mavericks, Jackson went right after Pau Gasol, even giving him a little bump in the chest with his fist. Later, Jackson zeroed in on Gasol again, giving him what some would call, a "butt-chewing."

Gasol got the message. His play didn't necessarily reflect it, but he says he got the message, according to Yahoo! Sports:

He’s “out of it” mentally and hasn’t been able to be “effective or comfortable out there,” but couldn’t explain why and says he needs to “snap out of it.” Time is running out….

“It’s been tough,” Gasol simply said. “It’s been tough more than anything [because] of the losses.”

When asked if this poor playoff season ruins his previous Laker accomplishments, Gasol sternly responded: “You tell me? Should it? I don’t know. I don’t think so.”

That's not good news for a team down 0-3. Also not good because Andrew Bynum was vocal after Game 2 about "trust issues." The Lakers are clearly having problems right now and most will point directly at Gasol. He's a player as responsible for their back-to-back titles as anyone, but within the triangle offense, it's almost as Pau goes, the Lakers go.

In this series, he's averaging just 13 points per game on 42.8 percent shooting. For the playoffs, the numbers are virtually the same. Against the Hornets, Gasol was a disappointment, but L.A. advanced because, well, they were playing Chris Paul and four dudes that stumbled in from Mardi Gras.

But against the Mavericks, it's another story. Not only is Gasol not contributing to the Laker offense, Dirk Nowitzki is torching him. According to ESPN State and Info, 27 of Dirk's 32 came with Gasol "on" him. (I put "on" in quotes because there were a few times where Gasol was decidedly not on him.) For the series, Nowitzki is shooting 19-25 from the floor for 42 points when Gasol checks him. That's ridiculous on Dirk's behalf and inexcusable on Gasol's.

Gasol's shimmering reputation as one of the most gifted big men in the league is taking a serious tarnishing right now. He's the focus of a lot of negativity. Andrew Bynum was visibly keyed in and aggressive all night. Gasol gave away an easy Jason Terry dunk at one point because he was barely holding on to the ball. Jackson claimed that was the play he first singled Gasol out on, but it's much more than that.

It speaks to the respect we all have for Jackson, Kobe Bryant and the Lakers that we haven't completely ruled them out from being the first team ever to come back from 0-3. (Or maybe that speaks to the Mavs. I don't know.) They aren't out of it until the buzzer sounds and Dallas has more points than them in a clinching fourth win. But if they have any dreams of getting there, any dreams of winning a third consecutive title, Gasol must absolutely snap out of it.

Since: Aug 10, 2010
Posted on: May 16, 2011 4:40 am

Gasol says he needs to 'snap out of it'

well put my friendCool

Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: May 8, 2011 2:55 pm

Gasol says he needs to 'snap out of it'

Isn't this the reason that Jackson is supposedly such a great coach?  Because he is the ultimate motivator, and keeps everybody mentally focused and in tune?  Or has he just been lucky to have a plethora of talent for basically his entire coaching career?  I mean seriously?  Does anybody over 50 that saw the older generation first-hand(I am 33 by the way) REALLY think he has been a bigger influence on this game than a Red Auerbach for example?  I for one don't think so.

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: May 8, 2011 2:44 pm

Gasol says he needs to 'snap out of it'

Laker fans, we better hope Pau's balls drop before 3:30 eastern time today.

Since: Apr 19, 2010
Posted on: May 8, 2011 12:11 pm

Gasol says he needs to 'snap out of it'

Do you know what this is? 30.1, 30.2, 29.2, 23.4  Gasol shouldn't be getting all of the blame, he's not the only one not playing up to his normal stats.

Since: Apr 3, 2007
Posted on: May 8, 2011 11:20 am

Gasol says he needs to 'snap out of it'

Love to hear all the Fakers fans make excuses.  it can't possibly be because the Mavs are a better team this year, it has to be Pau's fault because his gf dumped him. 

Since: Mar 17, 2007
Posted on: May 8, 2011 9:04 am

Gasol says he needs to 'snap out of it'

I completely agree. Anyone mentions Kobe's struggles its "oh he's had a great career" or "its someone else's fault." I think the Laker's best chance for next season is tell Orlando that they can have anyone on their roster except for Kobe in exchange for Dwight Howard. Maybe a trade of Bynum/Gasol/Odom for Howard and JJ Reddick. That would help the Lakers start to change from their aging roster. And it would help cover Kobe's season, not nearly worth his contract. Howard would be #1 in LA, Kobe Bryant #2, which will help Kobe last longer because of his age. If Howard goes to LA, Kobe wouldnl't take as many shots and all the attention wouldn't be focused on him.

Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: May 8, 2011 8:41 am

Gasol says he needs to 'snap out of it'

Heaven forbid you mention Kobe's struggles.  17 freakin points last game!  Or Lamar Odem doing squat.  No it's all Gasol.  Right! Typical Lakers - passing the buck in tough times.

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: May 7, 2011 5:07 pm

Gasol says he needs to 'snap out of it'

c'mon CBS! do your freaking homework and investigate why Pau's struggling, don't just make up crap!!!

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: May 7, 2011 5:06 pm

Gasol says he needs to 'snap out of it'

Good call, I just read about Pau's girl dumping his arse.  Pau just doesn't care, I bet you its Kobe and his wife that is to blame.  Bynum said they have "trust issues".  He didn't mean in a basketball context but in a personal context.  Wow. 

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: May 7, 2011 3:34 pm

Gasol says he needs to 'snap out of it'

All of you loser, whinning Lakers fans just face the facts you are not going to win again this year because you are old and not the best team. Really simple as that. You aren't the best team and don't deserve to win. You barely got out of the first round! How can you be shocked by this? In the long run it will be good for you when you get Howard on you team next year when you bribe him to coming to the Lakers. Stop crying and take it like a man losers. 

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