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February 5, 2015 Updates
February 1, 2015 Updates

Former players have rallied around Jackson, almost predictably. "It's the first year and the next couple years, I guess, we'll see if he can make a successful run for himself," said Pau Gasol, who won two championships while playing for Jackson with the Lakers. "I'm sure it's frustrating. He's just got to stay patient. He's a guy that's so intelligent and so cerebral that I think he'll make the right moves." Los Angeles Times

January 31, 2015 Updates
January 30, 2015 Updates

Pau Gasol: I spoke to Marc, but we didn’t talk much because I had a game against the Spurs. We don’t really communicate on game days as we always try to stay focused. It’s part of our code. When I arrived at the arena, the news was confirmed. It was fantastic for all my family, for Marc, and for our fans. It was a truly emotional moment because we wouldn’t have imagined anything like this, even in our wildest dreams. When we finished the game against San Antonio, I called Marc. We congratulated each other. We were very happy, obviously. I was like ‘Hey Marc, this is unbelievable!’ We talked about how happy we were at achieving something so important, and how thrilled we were that our fans voted for us. We talked about our parents too, we imagined how they’d be feeling. We promised to each other we would keep working hard in the future. paugasol.com

Gasol has had an incredible season and was recently selected an All-Star starter after taking less money to go to Chicago as a free agent last July. "We really wanted him to stay," Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said beforehand. "We did the best we could to convince him to stay, but I think he needed a change of scenery. ... He's certainly playing at a very high level. "Would we have been a better team with Pau Gasol on our team this year? Absolutely. But maybe Pau says, 'Well, if I would have stayed, with Kobe [Bryant], we could have won 50-something games.' But now Kobe went down, maybe Pau is saying, 'I made the right decision for sure.'" Los Angeles Times

"When things were going well here, it was exceptional," Gasol said. "They say L.A. and New York are two of the top cities, the best cities to win at, but they're probably two of the tougher cities to lose and struggle, because you get so much coverage that media have to create stories and sometimes the bad or negative stories are more attractive. So I felt like there was always a search for something bad or negative to talk about, some drama that was created whether there was some truth to it or not. Los Angeles Times

Pau Gasol: Tough loss for our team tonight but I will never forget this moment. Thanks for the incredible ovation and the love that you all always have shown me. Instagram

January 29, 2015 Updates
January 28, 2015 Updates

He has heard from plenty of Lakers fans happy for his success this season, and he very much appreciates it. Gasol is well aware of the Lakers' ongoing spiral, and he's sorely disappointed that Bryant is missing both chances for them to be on the court together this season. But when asked if he would endorse the Lakers organization to his All-Star center brother who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, Pau offered little reason to believe the fledgling Lakers are on Marc's wish list. Bleacher Report

"Marc wants to win a championship," Pau said. "That's what he's looking for. That's what's most important to him. I don't know if you think the Lakers will be in a position to win a championship next year or not. "But he knows what he'll be looking for as a free agent—or maybe he'll stay in Memphis because they have built a very good team already there with some very good pieces. He'll know what he wants, and he will be ready to make his decision." Bleacher Report

After all the days, months and years of trying to block out what hurt his heart, Pau Gasol was the one bringing up all of the trade rumors now. "I'm re-energized. I'm in positions where I'm comfortable and effective, so I make a lot of plays," Gasol said of his wonderful new life as a Chicago Bull instead of a Los Angeles Laker. "And the fact that my name is not on the trade block like it has been for the past three years, that's a factor that's overlooked. "It's huge. It's huge not to have to think about that and have it in the back of your mind constantly. It's nice to have that type of security and comfort." Bleacher Report

January 24, 2015 Updates

Pau Gasol: THANKS!!! Thanks to all of you this is an unforgettable day. You have voted us, my brother Marc and myself, and chosen us to start at the AllStar game that will be celebrated in New York on February 15th… I still can’t believe it! It’s a huge honor that we’ve just received as basketball players. Our family is full of pride and happiness on this moment that we will keep with us forever and that we want to share with all of you. I want to specially thank my teammates, our coaching staff and everyone that helps and/or has helped me be the player that I am. I will be very proud to represent the Chicago Bulls organization and the city of Chicago on such a special event. paugasol.com

January 23, 2015 Updates

Pau Gasol: Tonight against #Dallas on the road. No time for complacency, we'll strive to play with the same intensity we played yesterday. #SeeRed Twitter @paugasol

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