HoopsHype Pau Gasol rumors

January 2, 2015 Updates

Against the Nuggets, it was Gasol's turn to do so — until he replaced Gibson for the final seconds. And this was after Gasol put up 17 points, nine rebounds and a career-high nine blocks before exiting with 8:11 left in the fourth. Gasol said he always has kept track of his statistics, a habit he "can't help." But a chance at his eighth career triple-double isn't why he wanted to finish. "I always want to be in the game, especially in the fourth quarter when the game is on the line — regardless of what I have (stats-wise)," Gasol said. "I like to play. I like to compete." Chicago Tribune

December 30, 2014 Updates
December 26, 2014 Updates

Veteran big man Pau Gasol admitted after Thursday night's 113-93 win over the Los Angeles Lakers that it was "weird" facing his former team for the first time since signing with the Chicago Bulls in the summer. "It's weird," Gasol said after racking up a game high 23 points and 13 rebounds. "Obviously it's an emotional game because you find yourself on the opposite side of a team that you've played for for so many years and you've been through so much [with them]. So it was weird, difficult at first to kind of get going and once you start playing you're just playing the game the best way you can." ESPN.com

"We saw each other for a while," Gasol said. "We sat down for over two hours. Just catching up. It felt good to really to hang out, to talk, spend quality time together. I really enjoyed it. Obviously I miss him, I don't get to see him that much now for obvious reasons, but he's like a brother to me and I wish him the best. I have the utmost respect for who he is and we're always going to support [each other]." ESPN.com

December 25, 2014 Updates

It seems so long ago today, with Gasol having departed the Lakers after six and a half seasons to join the Chicago Bulls over the summer. His new team will host his old one on Christmas Day, the first meeting between the two squads since Gasol left Los Angeles. “It’s going to be hyped up,” said Lakers reserve guard Nick Young, “because Kobe’s been talking about this since summertime, when I asked him about Pau.” ESPN.com

But as he reminisced about Gasol’s initial days with the Lakers, Kupchak gazed up at their past two championship banners gracing the wall of the team’s practice facility in El Segundo, California -- the ones from 2008-09 and 2009-10. “We would not have those banners if it wasn’t for Pau,” Kupchak said. ESPN.com

That was especially true after then-NBA commissioner David Stern vetoed a 2011 three-team trade that would have made Chris Paul a Laker and Gasol a Houston Rocket. Gasol was never quite the same after that. “His last two, three years with us were wrought with rumor and anxiety,” Kupchak said. “I think it was really hard on him from that one moment when we had a deal that fell through. “From that point forward, it was just hard -- and understandably so -- on him. Very hard. He did not want that to continue.” ESPN.com

In his book, "Pau Gasol: Life. Vida.," Gasol wrote that he was proud of how he handled the aftermath of that 2011 trade. “I was able to put everything in perspective and remind myself that I was fortunate to have played for the Lakers, to have won two championships, and to be part of this team,” he wrote. “I’ve had an incredible career, up to this point, and nobody can take that away from me, regardless of what happens tomorrow.” ESPN.com

December 24, 2014 Updates

Former Los Angeles Laker Pau Gasol said it will be "emotional" and "weird" to face his old teammates on Christmas night when his new team, the Chicago Bulls, takes on his former one. "Emotional, weird, hard to focus," Gasol said of what he expects for his range of emotions Thursday night. "But at the same time, I kind of look forward to it in a way. To see some of the people that I've been through a lot with." ESPN.com

December 22, 2014 Updates

The Chicago Bulls are currently in 4th place in the NBA Eastern Conference, but they’re in first place in having fancy nights out on the town. Pau Gasol took his teammate Nazr Mohammad to the opera this weekend, because they are more cultured than you. Yes you, you simpleton. For The Win

December 21, 2014 Updates

"I was a little reluctant at first but I trusted the professional relationship I had with Lori," Gasol said in an interview about the book. All of Gasol's proceeds from the project benefit the Gasol Foundation, a non-profit organization Pau and younger brother Marc founded to help children lead healthier and more active lives. "Athletes in my position have a great opportunity to have a positive impact," Gasol said in the interview. "It's up to us what kind of impact we want to have and how far we want to take it and which direction. I identified this responsibility and embraced it. I just want to be a real role model for children and people who watch me and follow me and appreciate what I do on and off the court. It's a great position to be in." Chicago Tribune

December 20, 2014 Updates

Pau and Marc squaring off for the first time with Pau as a Bull ended up taking a back seat to the storylines of Jimmy Butler's continued stunning offensive prowess, Nikola Mirotic's 3-point marksmanship en route to his career-high 27 points and a defensive effort that held the Grizzlies to 39.4 percent shooting and no fast-break points until the final quarter. But their sibling rivalry never get old, particularly since Pau won his Rookie of the Year award here way back in 2002. "It's special to have the opportunity to play against your brother at the highest level of basketball," Pau said. "We're both doing pretty well so it's meaningful. It's a lot of pride involved. But it is a little weird. "We're both competitive. We don't like losing. As much as we love to see the other one play well, in these particular matchups, we're hoping the other one doesn't have a good game and your team wins. Ultimately, that's what we stand for." Chicago Tribune

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