Not much really but news has been slow the last few days so I thought I'd draw some attention to something actually positive about Pau Gasol lately.
This off-season he has been working dilligently not only on rehabbing his knees(who are said to be in no pain) but also in trying to bounce back stronger.
If anything he is not going to walk into camp this year out of shape and has recently said he wants to get back to his all-star form.
Now those of us that have watched Gasol over the past few years are really of a "believe it when I see it" mentality, and have heard the 'system' excuse a thousand times and saw when Gasol was still unsuccessful when in the block.
But just as the year prior we acknowledged when Metta was coming on strong to close the year when in shape and healthy, we give the same benefit to Gasol, and much to his credit to close out the year he did play at a higher level and healthy in particular within the horns sets the Lakers were running.
Horns is something we're going to be running a lot more this year and Gasol is the type of center both D'antoni and Nash are more familiar with designing an offense for.
Now do I think Gasol will return back to all-star form? If the last few years were indication I'd say no. But do I think he'll do just fine at center for us? Yes and I think he'll have a better year than his last 2.
One thing's for sure, Gasol is certainly been putting the work in this off-season to ensure he does all he can physically to get to that point
Pau Gasol @paugasol
Today, again, workouts in the morning & the evening. I'm working hard to prepare myself for next season. Hard work pays off. #lookingahead
This morning I continued with my training. 1500m swimming & after a good workout in the weight room. I hope you're having a great Saturday!
Good workouts today. This morning 28 miles on the bike and this evening good weight room session. I keep making progress. #lookingahead
Algunos ejercicios del entrenamiento de hoy en el gimnasio! Some exercises from today'workout at the gym. #keepworking
Already looking in much better shape than the pool pictures. And his dedication to training again is a breath of fresh air, and is also a good sign for his health that he can put in such work in the off-season getting his body ready.
But as is anything with Gasol, all that matters is what he's got mentally, and now it's what he's got mentally as well as his health.
Wish him the best and hope he has a good bounce back year. He is certainly working hard to get there.
Show us when the time comes. That's all we ask.
Edited by Majesty, September 27, 2013 - 05:03 PM.