O.C. Register: Yao Ming had 16 hard-fought points against the Lakers on Wednesday, many of which came after fighting off double teams, leaving the Houston center weary.
“I don’t think we prepared well (to play the Lakers). We need to learn a lesson from tonight,” Yao said after the Lakers rallied to beat the Rockets in Houston.
Maybe Yao should take lessons from Pau Gasol. Lesson 1: dumb bells.
The conversation between the two big men would center on how Gasol took to the weight room during the off-season in attempts to bulk up his 7-foot, 250-pound frame and shed the “soft” tag. And it’s helped considerably as Gasol has been able to match-up with the biggest (Shaq, Yao) and the toughest (Kevin Garnett).
“In the playoffs, you need to be at your best physically just to be able to compete because of the physicality that’s allowed to go on and you just need to step up to the plate,” Gasol said about his trip to the gym three times a week.
Gasol said he usually works with incline dumbbells “up to 70 or 80 pounds each dumbbell. I’ve been pretty consistent with it, and it’s paid off.”