HoopsHype Pau Gasol rumors

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Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni, prior to Sunday’s game against the visiting Orlando Magic, was told of a recent conversation that took place between Nick Young and Pau Gasol, who apparently want to do everything they can to avoid being the worst Lakers team since it moved to Los Angeles for the 1960-61 season. The 1974-75 Lakers went 30-52. These Lakers are 22-46 and would have to go 9-5 over their last 14 games in order to accomplish what Gasol and Young want. That would make them 31-51. “They probably should have had that conversation a little earlier, first off,” D’Antoni said, drawing a large round of laughter from assembled reporters. “But you know, hey, great, whatever we try to do is good.” Los Angeles Daily News

Jose Calderon’s status for Tuesday’s game against Oklahoma City is uncertain after the Dallas Mavericks’ point guard was popped in the mouth Sunday by Brooklyn Nets center Mason Plumlee. The incident occurred less than one minute into the Mavs’ 107-104 overtime loss to the Nets. “I don’t think it’s serious, but I have not gotten an official word on it,’’ cosach Rick Carlisle said. “He got hit in the mouth -- I don’t really have the details. “I saw him at halftime, he was in the locker room at halftime. He’s OK, but I think there’s some stuff in his mouth they’re looking at.’’ Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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But a person with knowledge of the Grizzlies thinking said Randolph will be the focus of their free agency affection and that the interest they have in Pau Gasol would be secondary. The relevant question on that front, it seems, is whether Pau would be so interested in reuniting with his brother in Memphis and contending for a crown that he might be willing to play a complementary role behind Randolph and Marc Gasol while accepting a contract that would likely be below market value. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of such talks. USA Today Sports

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Pau Gasol on playing for Phil Jackson: "He was always picking. Picking your brain. Picking your personality ..." "He was a guy that you looked up to and he commanded respect just by his presence and his demeanor and the way he talked to you and he looked at you," Gasol said Tuesday when asked about his initial memories of playing for Jackson before he got to know the legendary coach. "He was always very inquisitive, even with his look in his eyes. So, you knew there was something going on in his head he was ready to shoot at you. And you had to be ready. You had to be ready for it. So, he was always picking. Picking your brain. Picking your personality, to see how you would react. Testing you, I think, to figure you out and see how far he can push you. How he can get you to do certain things that he wanted you to do." Sulia

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Gasol also supported Kobe Bryant for publicly questioning the front office. Those included issues ranging from wanting executives Jim and Jeanie Buss to improve their relationship, decide Mike D’Antoni’s future as head coach and build a championship caliber roster this offseason. “I’m glad that he spoke his mind,” Gasol said following the Lakers’ 131-102 loss Thursday to the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. “He wants to win. He’s got two years under contract with the franchise. He wants to be in the best possible position to win. Whether you do that publicly or internally, that’s totally up to you. He spoke his mind and you have to respect him for that.” Los Angeles Daily News

Gasol also doesn't like D'Antoni's small-ball offense, which is no secret, and it might lead to Gasol's departure this summer as a free agent. "A lot of factors will influence me going one place or staying here," Gasol told The Times on Thursday. "We'll take everything into account." Los Angeles Times

"I always want this organization to do great and to be cast in the best possible scenario," Gasol said. "I hope everything works out well for the organization, for management, for ownership. I'm very appreciative, and if I continue to be here I would also want them to be in the best possible position." Los Angeles Times

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During Thursday night’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher stated on the TNT broadcast that he spoke with Kobe Bryant prior to the game and asked him who he could “envision” on next year’s team. Bucher reported that Bryant included Pau Gasol’s name, which the reporter said “surprised” him. Bucher further pressed Bryant, asking how confident the five-time champion is on a scale of one to 10, that Gasol will be with the Los Angeles Lakers next season, to which Bryant responded “eight.” Lakers Nation

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