Pietrus speaks about the “caress”

Pietrus speaks about the hard foul on Gasol at the end of game 4.

L.A.Times: “I think I was going for the ball. I don’t think I was trying to make a dirty play,” Pietrus said. “I’m smart enough with three seconds to go and they’re up 10 [actually 5], why am i going to get a hard foul. No, I was tring to make sure he was going to the free-throw line.”

Pietrus said it wasn’t even the hardest foul he has seen during the playoffs.

I think from what I did, it was a little caress,” he said.

Gasol doesn’t agree. “The intention of the foul was definitely hurtful,” he said.

“…There was no way that was necessary to do that at that point, but just because I was able to take the hit and hold on to the rim, then it’s not punished. If I would have fell on my back and broke my head, then it would have been punished? It just doesn’t, doesn’t make a lot of sense.”

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  • 7r@cy

    He THINKS he was going for the ball? When was that? You attacked the man while he was in the air and the ball in the basket. He made no play for the ball whatsoever. And he had the nerve to say it was a little caress? Wow. Let me see Pau do the same to you. I bet you wouldn’t think that was a “caress”. F Stern for not ATLEAST upgrading the foul to a Flagrant 2 and fining him. If Pau wasn’t a 7 footer, that play would have been much more dangerous.

  • http://www.visionofthefans.com Chris Manning

    This guy just lost his team game 5.

    Gasol is going for 30+

  • http://www.nicklachey.us Jackenton

    What an F-ing loser (sorry for profanity).

  • http://am570rado.com phil buss

    Piece of s h i t french mother f u c k e r.

  • kobe8

    “I think I was going for the ball. I don’t think I was trying to make a dirty play,”

    is this dude fckin kidding me?

  • cjm

    so we know pietrus is a liar, a coward, and a punk — typical of losers. no class, no trophy. i hope the lakers smoke this jerk bad tonight.

  • Mitch4Pres

    someone should throw both of their fists in his back and see if he still calls it a caress. f ucking b itch

  • gugy

    I hope Gasol do a facial dunk right over him. That would be priceless.

    He could be at least a man and apologize for his play and move on, but he just proved he is an @ss. Let’s close it tonight! I want to go on vacation! :-)

  • pdp

    when did they start letting mascots play…I’m pretty sure the Phoenix Suns are missing their mascot..

  • KB

    Pietrus the missing link. I think his animal instincts kicked in. Im surprised he didnt pound his chest after…

  • ClipperRon

    KB is a racist, and he should of been suspend no excuse for what he did!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=692278347 Young Im

    LOL @ PIETRUS!

    Yea… his gorilla slam on gasols back was just a little caress? LOL dumb pietrus. I used to have respect for your game because your talented. now your just making yourself look like an ass… atleast be honest and admit your emotions got the best of you.

  • sketch

    Pietrus is a fcukin loser! I’m glad that he’ll be on the floor tonight, I wanna see Kobe caress his @$$ for 40 points tonight! Maybe we’ll see Pau give him a gentle caress as he’s going for a layup too!

    GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 7r@cy

    [Comment ID #76033 Will Be Quoted Here]

    The hell are you talking about?

  • lakerfan81

    Yeah he was going for the ball and it was just caress, just like beating your wife is a love tap.

  • rblewis6

    What exactly tid you expect Pietrus to say? Yeah, I did it plesae up that foul to flagrant 2? It sure looked unfair and the ref’s shouldn’t have given Pau the “T” for mouthing off but that’s how the officiating went all night long.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=684346052 Zoom Kobe II

    “going for the ball”!?!? are you serious?!? Is this guy joking?!? No wonder the French are arrogant and don’t wanna help in the war effort.

  • Lakers 24 7

    I didn’t know the ball was located on Gasols back.