A few days ago, we brought you a video of Amar’e Stoudemire calling Pau Gasol soft at a New York Footlocker.
Once the video became viral, Andrew Bynum immediately took to twitter to defend his fellow Laker
“The NBA is a weird place! How can a man that plays 0 defense call a 2 time champion soft?”
Lamar Odom, and Ron Artest had a few things to say, once they learned of Stoudemire’s comments. They both chimed in, courtesy ESPN LA, in the locker room before Tuesday’s game against the Jazz
“Pau got moves. He don’t have to be hard. That’s why he got us,” said a shirtless Artest as he flexed his chest and arm muscles.
“How are you soft and average 10 rebounds?” Odom said.
Ron made sure to mention this as well:
“Amare posed on the front of [a magazine] butt naked!” Artest said. “OK, is that tough?”
Finally, Phil Jackson, when asked about Stoudemire’s recent comments, may have had the best advice for Gasol:
“Win another championship,” Jackson said. “Just go out and do it again. That keeps people quiet really quick.”
For some reason, there is a stereotype placed on all European born players. Gasol, considered by many, the most accomplished and polished big man in the league, has been called “soft”, by both Kendrick Perkins, and Amar’e Stoudemire this season.