Although he had a jam packed summer of NBA Finals and Olympic Games, Pau Gasol actually had more time off after his national team duties this year than last year.
“Last year actually I had only two weeks right after the European Championships. This year I had a month and a week. That’s a positive,” said Gasol after Friday morning’s practice session.
After the Olympics Pau took a full 16-days off on the advice of trainers. After that Gasol started working on specific parts of his body as he worked himself back into shape for the year.
Gasol’s first training camp as a Laker has allowed him to focus more on the details of the triangle offense and learn it’s intricacies.
Pau is focusing on the present but also looking down the road to what this team can ultimately accomplish. “Every year’s a different year and I think this year the main thing is that we’ve got to stay healthy and keep that aggressive and winning mentality every game. If we do that I think we can get really, really far,” Gasol said.
The comfort level between Gasol and fellow big man Andrew Bynum continues to improve as they share the court more and more. Both are learning how to play with another capable low post player on the floor. This includes knowing when to go for the defensive rebound and when to release down the floor. “That’s something we’re going to focus on and Phil mentioned it to us. Whoever doesn’t get the rebound sprints down the floor and get a good post position because we’re both pretty good post up players and can do a lot of damage in there.”