How could you think that Gasol will ever be tough enough when we haven't seen him play under "normal" circumstances? He had an injury last year and he was out of position. You under estimate how much that can throw a person off. Give Pau a little longer and I believe we will see that mental edge that all are looking for. Remember, physical toughness and mental toughness are COMPLETELY different things. They are not related.
What I was referring to is that it shouldn't matter what position you play, your toughness should be shown in every facet of your game, regardless of if you're playing in your favorite position or not. That's what you get paid for. That's what real versatility is all about.
Although, for the record I have seen him play in his natural position and display the same level of weakness. I'm a fan of Pau, and I am very thankful he's with this team.
Kobe nailed it on the head when he said, "If you're walkin' down a dark alley and you see Kendrick Perkins or Pau Gasol, you're going to head in Pau's direction." That to me sums it up right there. It's not in Pau's nature to be tough, unless he undergoes a few tweaks in his personality voluntarily.
By tough, I mean both mentally and physically.
Edited by ReaListik, September 17, 2008 - 10:37 PM.