Pau Gasol once the subject of trade rumors, speaking in hushed tones and head down for the past month prior to taking time off was almost the definition of a player who knew his time was up and many Lakers fans expected his time to come sooner rather than later.
But what the difference a month makes, since the Pau Gasol we see nowadays is hard to place on the same level of defiance or agree.
Perhaps maybe it was his knees? Perhaps it maybe was confidence lacking. Perhaps it was lack of faith in the system. Perhaps it was a really good dinner and D'antoni knew Gasol was a steak man. Or it could be the arrival of Steve Nash also caused a change of opinion.
Perhaps ultimately Pau Gasol learned that there's a difference between when Chris Duhon is your point guard and when Steve Nash is your point guard.
For whatever reason Pau Gasol now speaks in full confidence of Mike D'antoni's system and it's advantages to him, as well as speaking with the confidence that he can get a shot from anywhere on the court and make it work and that it "doesn't matter if it's threes.". Yes, ladies and gentleman. Pau Gasol is more or less saying that he feels in D'antoni's system he can literally get any shot he wants, and literally hit any shot that's given to him. This confidence was nowhere to be found as little as a month ago, but your coach takes you out to dinner and your team goes on a 6-1 winning streak and your all-star point guard returns and things change. If you think this is just a hallucination you can watch the Lakers post game interview with the man yourself.
Lakers fans honestly do not know where this Pau Gasol has been or whether he will disappear again. but one thing is for sure, to bring out the best in Pau Gasol anymore, you either need to be the Olympics, or you need to be Steve Nash, and fortunately they have the latter. Welcome back Steve and Welcome back Spaniard.
P.S. Please don't disappear in the second round again.
Edited by Majesty, December 29, 2012 - 01:26 AM.