HoopsHype Pau Gasol rumors

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The chart above shows the top 10 most frequent rim protectors in the league (by field goal attempts per game against them at the rim), sorted by the field goal percentage they allow. Towards the left means they allow a worse field goal percentage (which is good), towards the top means they defend more attempts per game. Scroll over the player’s name to see his numbers. You can see Pau Gasol at the top left of the chart, which is exactly where you’d want to be: Gasol defends a ton of attempts at the rim per game, and holds teams to under 43 percent shooting — well below the league average at the rim of 54.8 percent. The Brooklyn Game

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Gasol’s decision came down to more than just the best place to ply his trade; he also wanted to find a location that was “cultural rich” and diverse. The son of medical professionals, Gasol thought of becoming a doctor before he grew to be a 7-footer with rare basketball talent. He also enjoys the opera, forging a friendship with tenor and conductor Placido Domingo during his time in Los Angeles. “To me, it was important on a personal level because I’m not just a basketball player,” Gasol said. “I have other interests, other desires than basketball, and Chicago had a lot to offer from that aspect.” Washington Post

In visiting with the Bulls when he was free-agent shopping this summer, Gasol said that topic came up. “Yes, yes, we did [discuss it],’’ Gasol said. “Coaches have certain tendencies and feel comfortable in certain ways, so we talked about if the coach likes to finish the game with a smaller lineup. Some teams like to play in those last minutes with a spread floor and a guy that can shoot so that it makes it more difficult for — defensively at least — a bigger lineup. So we talked about that a little bit. Chicago Sun-Times

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“He wanted to pretty much retire together,” Gasol said of Bryant. “That was an attractive option. One part of me wanted to stick with him and try to turn it around. But deep inside of me, I felt it was time after everything that I’d been through that I wanted to put myself in a position where I was highly stimulated. Kind of change directions a little bit, fresh start and get going again.” Washington Post

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