Pau Gasol is a man renewed, as he calls himself a ‘beast’ that feels ‘pretty good’
Spain forward/center and NBA All-Star Pau Gasol might be working as a decided underdog in the men's basketball tourney in this summer's Olympic run, but that hasn't stopped the versatile big man from putting together an offseason regimen that has the two-time NBA champion and Spanish team mainstay from thinking rather highly of himself. Higher than the big fella's already-impressive frame, and high enough that notoriously tough Los Angeles Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant has taken notice. From Reuters:
Bryant said the 7-foot (2.13m), 32-year-old Gasol looked stronger, absorbing contact and pushing back in an impressive display that boded well for future Lakers' success.
"I'm a beast," Gasol told Reuters. "Yeah, I feel pretty good. I feel strong."
Yeah, you're a beast, Pau. About damn time.
Gasol has always been a beast in international play, and for the most part acted mostly beastly during his celebrated time with the Lakers. The 2011-12 season, however, was a different and nastier beast — one that was at times too tough to watch.
Pau struggled during the regular season as he adapted to new coach Mike Brown's Bryant-centric offense, with his turnovers spiking in comparison to his last year under former coach Phil Jackson in 2010-11. And the playoffs, for the second consecutive season, were the biggest worry. Gasol played a frustrated brand of basketball that mixed uneasiness with at-times soft play that angered even his most ardent admirers.
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