Pau Gasol's midseason acquisition energized the Lakers and helped them get through the rough-and-rumble West in the playoffs. He never played with Andrew Bynum until now. He likes what he sees.
"We're starting to develop our relationship on the court," Gasol said. "He's a young, talented man with a lot of potential. Hopefully he'll be able to explode this year and be able to produce a lot and I'll be able to do the same."
Already, Bynum and Gasol have a system in place on defense. Whichever one doesn't get the rebound sprints to the other end and establishes post position, as per Coach Phil Jackson's wishes.
It has been a long year for Gasol, who joined Kobe Bryant as the two Lakers who kept going after the NBA Finals. Gasol played in the Olympics for Spain, which lost to the U.S. in the gold-medal game, 118-107.
When that was over, Gasol rested for 16 days after consulting with a trainer and physical therapist. He then began strength exercises for his ankles, back, knees and shoulders, though Jackson said Gasol needed to do more running.
"He's not in the kind of shape Kobe's in, so he needs some conditioning work," Jackson said. "When he took off after the Olympics, he took off. He hasn't done much."
Said Gasol: "The legs in training camp get a little tired, a little sore, a little heavy, but you get through it."
Gasol correctly pointed out that it's how you finish a season, not how you start it in October.
And he laughed when asked if he and Bynum would each average 20 points and 10 rebounds a game.
"That'd be nice, but we still have Mr. Bryant on the team," he said. "We have so many weapons out there that one night there's going to be one guy the defense is not paying as much attention to, or one guy that has a better night than others. But we all should produce consistently well."
Gasol/Bynum Building Chemistry
Posted October 04, 2008 - 01:42 PM
Posted October 04, 2008 - 02:26 PM
Posted October 04, 2008 - 08:40 PM
United we stand. Divided we fall.
Posted October 04, 2008 - 08:55 PM
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Posted October 04, 2008 - 11:36 PM
Anyone else think Kobe will have an MVP year? I know I asked this before, but just wondering if people have changed their views since then. It's nice knowing that Pau and Bynum are getting along well.
It's possible. But in ANY CASE, Kobe's been OUR MVP almost every year since 2004....
Posted October 05, 2008 - 05:20 AM
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