HoopsHype Pau Gasol rumors


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The most plausible explanation was that the Bulls sacrificed a live chicken in the locker room at halftime, so Nichols asked Gasol. The Bulls center completely avoided answering the question! What’s up with that? I think it is fair to assume that the Chicago Bulls DID sacrifice a live chicken at halftime of their win against the Miami Heat. Otherwise, Gasol would have given Nichols a straight answer. Chicago media should be on the lookout for chicken buckets. The Big Lead

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Gasol had 26 points and 10 rebounds for his 50th double-double of the season, helping the Bulls beat the Detroit Pistons 88-82 on Friday night. Gasol became the first Bulls player to reach 50 double-doubles since Charles Oakley had 53 during the 1986-87 season. Gasol secured the feat — and the win — with 5.7 seconds to play when he had a tip-dunk of Taj Gibson's miss and got fouled by Andre Drummond. Gasol hit the free throw, giving Chicago a four-point lead and finishing an important win for the Bulls. That followed a sequence when Drummond blocked Gasol's shot before beating the Bulls' big man for a layup to cut Chicago's lead to 83-82. "Just trying to make up for two bad plays," Gasol said. USA Today Sports

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KC Johnson: Pau Gasol is finalist for Magic Johnson award, presented annually by PBWA for combo of excellence on court w/ cooperation with media/fans. Twitter @KCJHoop

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No free agent had ever received the amount of attention the Thunder gave Gasol. Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and Scott Brooks all met with Gasol in Los Angeles last July in an attempt to recruit him to Oklahoma City. The two-time champion and now five-time All-Star ultimately chose Chicago, signing a three-year deal worth approximately $22 million. “At some point I had to make a decision on where I thought I would fit better as a basketball player,” Gasol told The Oklahoman. “And I think so far it’s been proven that I made a pretty good choice.” Oklahoman

In a documentary produced by HBO Sports last fall, Durant said a city’s culture was a heavy influencer in Gasol’s decision. “He was more concerned about the city,” Durant said of Gasol in the documentary. “He’s into, like orchestras and plays.” Gasol refuted that theory and said it was about basketball. “No. To me, it was where I would fit best on the court,” Gasol told The Oklahoman. “I’m sure there are musicals and theaters in Oklahoma as well. That wasn’t a difference-maker for me at all. But I do appreciate music and culture. But that was not a difference-maker for my decision. I appreciated every team that showed interest,” Gasol said. “And Oklahoma, the Thunder were a team that I highly considered. They were a great option for me as well. But I had to make a tough, tough choice. I was thankful for their interest, for Sam Presti, Scott Brooks, Russell, KD, they all really showed their desire to have me on board. So I’m always going to be appreciative of that.” Oklahoman

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You knew the Bulls were onto something last summer when they were pursuing Pau Gasol. It’s one thing the Knicks and Rockets wanted Carmelo Anthony. The Spurs and Thunder wanted Gasol, and those are two organizations that understand basketball talent. “It was a close call, tough call for me, a tough decision to make,” said Gasol about last summer as the Bulls Sunday come into San Antonio for the noon (feels like 6 a.m. given it’s Daylight Savings) Sunday national ABC game. “I had great options as you guys know. But I made up my mind. I felt this (Bulls) was going to be the best scenario, the best situation for me for the next couple of years. That’s what I chose. It was Oklahoma City, San Antonio and Chicago the front runners.” NBA.com

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