HoopsHype Pau Gasol rumors

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There are Bernard and Albert King, Dominique and Gerald Wilkins and Gus and Ray Williams among several others of note, but, on this December day, allow us to go ahead and declare Pau and Marc Gasol the best brothers to ever grace the NBA. But while you may grant they’ve conquered the league, there’s another battle still to be decided. The Spaniards’ own. And even at age 34 and in his 14th NBA season, Pau Gasol is not ready to relinquish the Best in Family designation to the Memphis center. “Ah, no, no, no,” Pau said last week with a smile. “That’s an argument that people can bring up, but I’m playing pretty well myself and I’m happy with where I’m at. “But at some point, maybe he will . . . when I stop playing, maybe he will continue to play. Or I’ll decline more, or not. We’ll see.” Boston Herald

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Soft? “I don’t know what reputation that is,’’ Gasol said, when asked about the perceptions that grew in Los Angeles over the years. “I’d like to think my reputation is about being a professional, about just being a great addition to any team I’m a part of, and being a champion. If that’s the reputation people talk about, it’s pretty accurate. “If it’s other things, you know the last couple of years in L.A. have been difficult from many aspects. But I think I was still able to put myself beyond that or above that and still do my job, still give everything I had every time I put that jersey on.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

And while he still considers Bryant a friend and is thankful in winning two rings with the Lakers, he’s thrilled to be elsewhere. “It was emotionally draining,’’ Gasol said of his final years in Los Angeles. “It was hard on me especially after all the great times and great teams we had, and I just needed to be in a different position. To be refreshed, to be motivated again. Put myself in the best position possible. And I felt this is it.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

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Forward Dirk Nowitzki, who has matched wits against Gasol both in the United States and abroad, knows the 14-year veteran is back at the top of his game again following back-to-back injury-riddled seasons with the Lakers. "He’s obviously a smart player,’’ Nowitzki said. "I think he fits with them great. "He’s very, very unselfish.’’ Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"He looks healthy, he’s scoring inside and he’s hitting the mid-range shots and he’s rebounding,’’ coach Rick Carlisle said Monday. "Nineteen (points) and 11 (rebounds), those are all-star numbers. "And he’s in a situation now where he doesn’t have to play super heavy minutes, so it keeps him fresh all year. He’s one of many really difficult weapons you’ve got to deal with with the Bulls.’’ Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose and big man Pau Gasol will not play against the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night. Rose has a strained left hamstring, while Gasol is suffering from a strained left calf. "[They're] just not ready," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said before Thursday's shootaround. ESPN.com

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