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Pau Gasol: 2014 Exit Interview

IMG_0542Pau Gasol appeared and started in 60 games towards averages of 17.4 points, 9.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.5 blocks on 48.5 percent field goals. Gasol put together one of the best stretches of his career in January, scoring at least 20 points in 10 straight and recording 11 double-doubles. He missed the final eight games of the year due to vertigo and also battled injury (strained right groin) and illness (upper respiratory infection) earlier in the season.

- On if he’ll be back next season:
“Like I say every year, I don’t know. This year is a little different. I wasn’t sure if I’d be traded. This year, that possibility is out of the questions. It’s now because I’m in charge of my future and destiny and listen to the possibilities on the table. I look at this as an opportunity probably for the first and last time I’ll be a free agent where I can choose. It’s nothing like I’ve experienced before in the NBA.”

Gasol added: “I’m still going to listen to the Lakers and what they have to offer and what they’ll say about the team’s situation and position at the time. We know what it is today, but we don’t know what it’ll be on July 1.”

- On winning being a priority for him this late in his career and whether the Lakers can match what he’s seeking:
“If we have Kobe (Bryant) being healthy and Steve (Nash) being healthier, we’d have a strong core and we haven’t been able to utilize that the last two years.”

- On what was going through his mind during the last home game knowing if it could possibly his last time as a Laker:
“The last few years I kept on my mind it could be my last day here so I tried to enjoy it. It’s been on my mind quite often. I try not to think about it. Whatever happens, it’ll work out for the best. I’ve had an amazing career until this point and I want to try and prolong it at a high level.”

- On his time here in Los Angeles, if he doesn’t return:
“I’m thankful and I appreciate our fans support I received over the years, not when things were going great and we were winning but also when people recognize my efforts and commitment and loyalty to the team despite everything. That’s when you most appreciate the support. I think it’s been amazing for the most part. All things considered, it’s been extremely great for me. I am glad I got to be a part of this franchise and this city.”

- On why he thinks him and Kobe Bryant work so well together:
“We compliment each other well, personally and professionally. Since Day 1, it’s been a key part of success and how we function so well. I have great respect for him and what he brings to the table is very unique.”

Gasol Ruled Out for Rest of the Season

Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

Injury Update: Farmar, Gasol, Kaman and Nash

Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles LakersLakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health SystemHere’s an update on several Lakers who missed Sunday’s game in advance of Tuesday’s matchup with Houston.

Gasol Out vs. SAC

Gasol Probable to Play vs. Portland

ts_140331paugasol670After missing the last four games because of vertigo, Pau Gasol practiced in full on Monday and is being called probable for Tuesday’s game against Portland.

“We’ll see,” Gasol said of his prospects playing vs. Portland. “We’ll see how my body reacts when I get up tomorrow after the exercise today. I’d love to.”

In his last game action vs. Orlando last Sunday, Gasol played 19 minutes, but did not come out for the second half after experiencing dizziness and nausea.

“It was frustrating,” Gasol said. “You don’t really know why it happened, you can only guess after all the tests are done. So, I just had to let it calm down and get back to a normal life and get through a workout and practice like I did today. It wasn’t any contact, but I got through it pretty good. I’m not any worse than when I started, so that’s a good thing.”

Gasol had been sidelined 10 games earlier this year due to a strained groin and an upper respiratory infection. The doctors could not determine, however, if his condition is in any way related to the illness that affected him during the first half of the season. The Spaniard recalled post practice how he’s felt over the last week while trying to recover.

“Just really light-headed, dizzy and drowsy state for five or six days at home without really moving much,” Gasol said. “Just laying and letting my system readjust. It was scary. It was a scary moment for me and my family and the ones that love me.”

In his place, Chris Kaman was inserted into the starting lineup after not playing the previous 10 games. Kaman is coming off a 28-point, 17-rebound, six-assist outing vs. Phoenix.

Although Gasol might return to the court, the Lakers will likely be without Xavier Henry and Jordan Farmar. Henry (wrist and knee), who has missed the last two games, is being called “doubtful.” Henry suffered a torn ligament in his wrist against Washington on Mar. 21 and missed the following game vs. Orlando, but suited up vs. New York and at Milwaukee. Henry also missed nearly two months earlier this season with a bone bruise in his right knee.

Farmar, who was diagnosed with a moderate groin strain on Mar. 18, has been sidelined the last seven games. According to team spokesman John Black, Farmar will see a doctor either later today or Tuesday, at which point an update will be given on his status. He is being called “doubtful” vs. Portland.

Injury Update: Gasol, Henry and Nash

ts_140324xavierhenry670Lakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health SystemPau Gasol, who did not play the second half vs. Orlando because of dizziness and nausea, is being considered doubtful for Tuesday’s game vs. New York.

Should Gasol not be able to play tomorrow, coach Mike D’Antoni said Chris Kaman would start in his place.

Henry Expected to Play Through Pain

Another Laker who is battling an injury of his own is Xavier Henry, who injured his left wrist on a fall during the third quarter vs. Washington. Henry maintains he will play through the pain, however.

“I was going to play anyway,” Henry said. “The good news is it’s (torn). I feel like with that mindset, I can’t do too much worse to it, so now it’s just go out there and be myself.”

The Kansas product said he feels discomfort, regardless of whether he’s on the court or not, but believes there is no reason to sit out as long as he can tolerate it.

“(I feel pain) all day,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if I have the ball or if I don’t. It hurts. If I can play with it, I’m going to play.”

Nash’s Return Questionable
Steve Nash, who returned vs. Washington after being sidelined the previous 15 games, also did not suit up on Sunday.

He has played in 11 games overall this year, battling the same nerve issues since last year after fracturing his lower leg in the second game at Portland on Halloween.

“We’ll check and see tomorrow, but probably doubtful at this time just to be cautious,” D’Antoni said. “He worked out on his own (today). He said he’s feeling better, but doesn’t know. He’ll push a little bit tomorrow morning and then we’ll make a decision.”

Injury Update: Pau Gasol

Houston Rockets v Los Angeles LakersLakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health SystemPau Gasol did not play the second half of the Lakers-Magic game because of dizziness and nausea. According to team spokesman John Black, Gasol received three liters of IV fluid and spent the night in the hospital for precautionary observation.

“He was dizzy in the first half, went back in the dressing room, came back, finished the half,” coach Mike D’Antoni said postgame. “They were trying to give him an IV and he was real dizzy and he couldn’t go.”

Prior to Sunday’s game, Gasol had posted four double-doubles in the last five games, and was averaging 20.8 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists, plus 1.7 blocks in March.

An update on Gasol’s condition will be given sometime on Monday.

Gasol’s Production Inside Rising

Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio SpursPrior to missing seven games in February with a groin injury, Pau Gasol had put together one of his best stretches of basketball this season in January.

He averaged 20.8 points, 11.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.7 blocks, while shooting 51.0 percent from the floor. This included a streak of 20-plus points in 10 straight games as well as 11 double-doubles.

And his offensive play has continued over the last month.

Post All-Star break, Gasol’s production – particularly his scoring inside the paint – has noticeably gone up; he is converting at a much higher rate closer to the rim (from five feet and in).

Pre All-Star break: 125 for 210, (59.5 percent).
Post All-Star break: 60 for 87, (69.0 percent).
*Stats courtesy of

Below is a look at Gasol’s shot chart post All-Star break:

From October to January, Gasol shot 46.6 percent from the floor, but in 12 games since the All-Star break, Gasol has made 53.3 percent of his field goals, in large part because of his efficiency from inside.

“The rhythm as to where he gets the ball, when he gets the ball and how he gets the ball, gets better as you go through the season,” assistant coach Dan D’Antoni told “As the lineup has kind of solidified in the last two or three weeks, I think Pau is a little more comfortable where the spacing is with these players, and as he finds it, his talents are extraordinary, and he’s going to put up huge numbers.”

Pau at Indian Wells

It’s rare to have multiple off-days in a row during the NBA season, but Pau Gasol took advantage of a scheduling quirk that left the Lakers idle from Sunday-Thursday. With Coach D’Antoni giving the players Monday and Tuesday off, Gasol headed two hours east to see fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal compete at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, CA.

Unfortunately, Gasol’s recent hot-streak (six straight games with 20 or more points) didn’t rub off as Nadal fell 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-5) to the Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov. Afterwards the countrymen were able to catch up over dinner.

Cooking Lessons with Pau Gasol

Pau Gasol is indeed multi-faceted.