Prior to tonight’s game against the Hawks, Coach Phil Jackson said that it may be difficult for the team to sustain the momentum gained from their record-setting nine-game road trip. According to Jackson, it could take an entire game before the Lakers reacclimate themselves.
Lakers newcomer Pau Gasol–set to make his STAPLES Center debut tonight–also spoke at length about his adjustment to Los Angeles and what being a Laker means to him. “It’s difficult, yet easy at the same time,” Gasol said, also revealing that his immense excitement has helped him find his niche with the team.
Gasol said that the differences in expectations is the biggest difference between the Lakers and the Grizzlies. With the Lakers in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race, the Spanish forward said that he has newfound energy and an increased pep in his step.
With regards to his first time in front of the L.A. fans, Gasol said he wants to “give fans a little taste of what it’s going to be like” with him on the team.
In his six games with the team, Jackson said that Gasol has provided the Lakers with a much-needed inside presence that has resulted in more open shots for teammates.