Pau Gasol: “I Collapsed” in Playoffs

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Gasol averaged 13 points per game in the 2011 playoffs, which was a career low, and his body language screamed of a lack of confidence.

He admitted that he had some “personal issues” that affected his play, and even denied reports that his girlfriend cheated on him.

Gasol recently did an interview with the Spanish website Marca, and HoopsHype.com translated it to English. Here is what he had to say about his poor performance in the playoffs:

“It wasn’t about self-esteem. It wasn’t about confidence. I collapsed. I was exhausted a little bit too. It hasn’t been a lack of confidence.”

“A journalist from here told me that I’m an easy target. I’m polite, I’m a foreigner and I treat people with respect. Because I’m polite and a good person I’m an easy target. The lies about my personal life have affected me.”

“My goal is to help my team to win and since I haven’t done that, I have failed.”Gasol said.

Although the above may be somewhat understandable, the rumors of Gasol’s girlfriend cheating on him didn’t really come to fruition until his poor performance in the first round. Gasol shot 4 for 19 from the field, in Games 1 & 2 against the Hornets.

  • http://twitter.com/Swack17 Jeramie

    wow  

  • 3StarAndTheSun

    Thing the Lakers should do this offseason

    Trade Bynum for Howard.

    Trade Ron for Wolves’s #2 first round draft pick of 2011 so we can get Derrick Williams.

    Trade Pau for CP3 or DWill

    Our starting lineup:

    CP3 or Dwill
    Kobe
    Derrick Williams
    L.O
    D12

    • omh!?!?!

      You people and delusional fantasies.

      Hey, let’s trade Derick Caracter for LeBron James, Theo Ratliff for Dwight Howard, Steve Blake for Chris Paul.

      Starting Lineup:
      Chris Paul
      Kobe Bryant
      LeBron James
      Pau Gasol
      Dwight Howard

      You have to love these fans who think every other team in the league is being run by alcoholics. 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6UUB3RDMO3B5TJSHHEVVFJ32AM Cecil

        Those people are not fans their crybabies, who need the lakers to fullfill their worthless and pitiful lives. That is why they come here to whine with the other losers. I root for whoever is on the team.

    • BoutADamnDolla

      Artest for da #2 pick an aging non scorer who half da league doesn’t want due to his play n salary…who in their right mind would make dat trade? Just no basketball sense at all

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EBSP2NHQGTSVYUHYANRNCEYDUM 123KID

     And I just dont get why this wasnt addressed long time ago. I really think Bynum was right when this team didnt have the trust, the communication, and they were just not on the same page. Cuz its just like a WTF moment that if Pau was having a mental breakdown, why didnt the team have a Dr. Phil moment. They shoulda sat everyone down with Kobe and Fish talking and say HEY LOOK GUYS I KNOW ITS OUR 4TH TIME TRYING TO MAKE A RUN TO THE FINALS AND THOUGH WE WON 2, THIS 3RD CHAMPIONSHIP WILL BE THE HARDEST AND MOST DRAINING EXPERIENCE EVER. BUT IF WE JUST FOCUS TILL MID JUNE, THEN WE CAN WIN. But they didnt and they got too big headed.

  • Purple People

    Quite frankly, we are a team in turmoil, why should a player of Howards stature want to come here.  Jerry West is right, we are a disgrace right now….from Kobe on down, Derrilique Fisher, Byron, Kardashian….the list goes on and on.  We sent Phil off shaking his head in disgust, even Magic had to apologize for our playoff highjinx….sad, very sad! 

  • laffsatu

    jerry buss needs to sell this joke of a team,funny how the mamba is compared to jordan during wins, when the lakers suck everyone shuts -up.whats that? 

    • Miya

      why are you here …. in Lakers nation site dumb ass 

    • Miya

      why are you here …. in Lakers nation site dumb ass 

  • Dirtystank

     okay which is it. did pau cheat on his girlfriend, or did the girlfriend cheat on pau. and did venessa bryant tell somebody something? oh god i love/hate this. 

  • Lakers279

    its time for us to be honesty……. this team was a joke and sttill is but that can all change by getting rid of some people and adding some people. First we need to beg Derek Fisher to retire, second get a good young point guard(aaron brooks).Third beg someone to take Artest and rebuild the bench get rid of everybodyon that bench accept Lamar Odom. Once we do these things we will be the champs again 

  • SoCal1Steven

    It is important to be honest when you’re asked. Everytime when Lakers were asked about the losses we had this season, when we lost 4,5 games in a row all they could say is; we’re ok but that weren’t true at all. Dallas made a point to expose our weaknesses. Now that we got swept what is the management going to do to make sure we’re not going to be embarrassed again? …Mitch I hope you’re watching the Dallas series.

  • Anonymous

    We need to make changes to get back in race or we’ll be embarrassed again and I don’t ever want to see that again. Laker4ever!

  • TouchingMyself

    “I collapsed”… NO SH!T! 

    • Anonymous

      just let it go man, he’s human too and can’t win every year and quit touchin.’ …screw this I’m outta here…

      • TouchingMyself

        hey, i’ve let it go… it’s Pau that brought it up and i’m just respondin to it!  and you know you ain’t quitin!  you probably left so that you could be “touchin”!  hahaha.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1831304105 Joshua Alcansare

    the problems are this. we need young guys. got blake for farmar. joe smith for sasha. ratliff for mbenga and kept worthless walton. all players were young and talented that were exchanged for old and worthless players. and we have to call time outs if the other team is catching up with our lead. and that is not how phil is doing it. phil retiring is a good thing for me. this team WAS great. no question there was something wrong this year. i really hope next year would be different.

  • Anonymous

    Laker fans shouldn’t be too upset for the loss. Yeah we’re used to winning and when we don’t win we’re disappointed, losing sux but they’re human and can’t win every year. I hope GM Mitch is watching the Dallas series and figure out what we’re going to do to keep up with’em. Bring D Howard and D Williams or S Curry. We need a quick PG and a healthy Center.

  • Anonymous

    Laker fans shouldn’t be too upset for the loss. Yeah we’re used to winning and when we don’t win we’re disappointed, losing sux but they’re human and can’t win every year. I hope GM Mitch is watching the Dallas series and figure out what we’re going to do to keep up with’em. Bring D Howard and D Williams or S Curry. We need a quick PG and a healthy Center.

  • Anonymous

    Pau had a rough series but he’s not the only one.  We were taken apart by faster guards who beat our back court.  In the Dallas series we looked old, tired.  We would have been sitting ducks this year in the finals and I don’t want to be the guy who LeBron beat for the title.  Give Pau the summer, retool the roster and come back harder and tougher next season.  Lakers for life!