^You're kidding yourself if you don't think Gasol was this good without Kobe. And even going as far as saying that he wasn't anywhere close? That's just Kobe homerism at its best. It's quite sickening how much guys try to discredit Pau. As someone else stated in another thread, even though Kobe is clearly the better player, they have nearly equal impact to this team.
Pau was the main guy on Memphis and experienced futility there except for one 50 win season. I think he is hitting his peak because of his natural progression as player and the extra freedom he gets having Kobe on his team. He's never been better, but he's now 28, in his 8th season and has the luxury of being on a great team which would make anyone a better player. He's great and it's nice that Kobe finally has a legit sidekick again.
Edited by Ken #1 Beloved, January 05, 2009 - 05:17 PM.