It seems that Pau feels that there’s a chip on his shoulder going into this Finals series. Gasol recieved much of the heat following our elimination in 2008, when his “soft label” reach its peak.Yahoo’s Marc Spears writes…
Yahoo! Sports: The Los Angeles Lakers had eliminated the Phoenix Suns to secure their third consecutive trip to the NBA Finals, and Pau Gasol was on his way to the team bus. He knew where he was headed, but also where he had come from. Gasol is increasingly recognized as the game’s greatest power forward, but he hasn’t forgotten that more than a few people questioned two years ago whether he had the mettle to help Kobe Bryant win a championship.
Kevin Garnett and the Boston Celtics manhandled Gasol in the 2008 Finals, overwhelming the Lakers’ frontline on their way to the championship. Now, Gasol gets another crack at the Celtics and a chance to show how much he has grown in these two years.
“I just remember all the criticizing after the Finals,” Gasol told Yahoo! Sports. “Nothing was really made of the fact that we got there and what we did to get there and the things we did well. I was one of the people that the media focused on sticking and criticizing.”