Looks like Pau will toughen up quick against the savy vet.

ESPN: Ratliff and Gasol were matched up against each other at various times during Saturday’s scrimmage, with the 37-year-old Ratliff causing the 30-year-old Gasol to fall to the floor at one point while the two battled for positioning near the basket.

“I’m sure that’s something that [the coaching staff] told him to do, because that’s something that I’m going to get all year long,” Gasol said. “It’s part of the job that he does that during practice [to] get me right, get me ready for the games.”

Ratliff said he received no such orders.

“That’s how I play, he should know that,” Ratliff said. “Tell him, ‘No,’ that wasn’t the case. That’s just the way I play, that’s the way I have to play. I’m trying to keep him away from the basket. He’s so long and so skilled, that if I let him get all of the position, he can just go down and turn and shoot over top of me. It’s still a competitor thing, even when you’re practicing.”

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  • phenor

    as long as gasol doesnt get butt hurt this is good

  • Robert.

    Yeah, I think this is a win-win. Ratliff will get to practice against the best PF big man in the world, and sharpen his skillz. Meantime, Pau only gets better as time goes on.

  • http://www.jackyang.info Jack Y.

    Good stuff. Lets hope Gasol adjusts/improves from this.

  • 242LakerFan

    Either way, anything that keeps Pau from getting soft again is nothing but a good thing.

    • phenor


  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    doesn`t wind push GASOFT?

    • le-elbow =)

      garnett should learn from the wind then

    • keeponkeepinon18

      HURRICANE winds!

    • laffs atu!

      All talk and no action makes laffs atu a DULL GIRL!

  • http://nba.com John Robertson

    wow that’s a good news for the Lakers because it will make a lot of wonders for them

  • 24/8

    Yes. You can almost hear the Celtics and Heat saying “…ffffuck” to themselves. The one thing they were hoping for was the Lakers getting complacent or comfortable. But the new guys will prevent that.

  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    i hear them laughing at the west……..weak……….old………uninspired,except for memphis.

    • laffs atu!

      All talk and no action makes laffs atu a DULL GIRL!!!!

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