Meteorologist Noah: "That polar vortex thing. Brutal. When you’re used to beach every day, to pick the polar vortex, it says a lot (of Pau)"
Thibs on rotation: "Joakim, Pau and Taj. I look at those guys as starters. You have to divvy up those minutes. That doesn’t leave a lot."
Kobe was "sad" when Pau told him he would leave for Chicago. But Kobe added he is "happy for him." Kobe: "He’s my brother before basketball"
Thibs on Noah, Pau and Taj playing together: "The jumbo lineup? We tried that last year. I don’t see that working in today’s NBA."
Thibs says Pau wants work: "He shared that with our team that he’s willing to make that commitment to work (big minutes)."
Thibs on Pau: "With Phil, they didn’t have very many days off. He played a lot of minutes and that’s what he is used to, 37 minutes a game."
Rose on Pau feel for game: "He’s not going to get in your way. It comes with experience, and of course playing with Kobe for so many years."
The jumbo lineup of Pau, Taj and Noah likely won't happen.
Starters today were Rose, Butler, Noah, Pau and Dunleavy.
Pau Gasol said Kobe Bryant tried to sell him on staying in LA so they could retire together, making decision to join CHI a difficult one
Kobe wanted Pau to stay in LA and retire together, but he wanted a change of scenery. "We'll be friends and brothers no matter what."
Pau said needed to be in position he'd be highly stimulated and to get going with career again.
Pau said Kobe urged him to stay with Lakers and retire together.
Pau said he was recruited by Phil Jackson for Knicks. Congratulated Pau after decision and said he would love Chicago.
Pau on championship aspirations: "I have a belief that we can get to that level."
Pau says Chicago was his choice for combination of players and potential. Did know winters can be cold.
Pau Gasol says the roster's mix of young players and veterans played a big part in his decision to sign with the Bulls.
Joakim Noah on Pau Gasol coming to Bulls: "He picked the cold. We can laugh about it but it's true...says something about his character."
Noah commends Pau for "picking the cold" about coming to Chicago over cities with warm weather and considerable talent.
Noah says he thought Bulls had "no shot" to land Gasol. Respects Pau for wanting to win and doing so in the cold weather.
Noah calls Gasol one of best offensive bigs in league. Says Pau will be at rim and is hard to score over.
Noah on Gasol: "Pau is definitely one of the best offensive bigs in the league. Just to have him around is so big for our team."
Noah says he's thrilled to have Pau as a teammate and as a champion someone he can learn from.
Joakim is really excited about Pau addition: "To have a guy who, at 30 years old I can still learn from, it's great."
Rose says Bulls have a lot of threats on team. Sees himself in a lot of catch and shoot with Pau
Rose said in talking to Pau this summer Rose felt the Bulls were Pau's first choice.
Thibs looking for Pau to play big brother to Mirotic. But warns "we have to be patient."
Thibodeau said not only can Pau Gasol help in Mirotic's transition but so can Toni Kukoc.
Serge Ibaka says he and Pau Gasol talked about him picking the Bulls over the Thunder - said conversations were "personal"
Anything you guys want to hear about at Bulls media day on Monday besides the obvious stuff (Rose, Pau, Butler's contract status)?
Of course in 2008 Phil Jackson was the coach, Kobe Bryant was in his prime and they traded for Pau Gasol and Trevor Ariza during the season.
Part of that plan w/roster flexibility harkens back to LAL making that midseason trade for Pau in 08, which seemed to come out of nowhere.
Kupchak is comparing this season to going into the 2008 season when Kobe wanted to leave and they traded for Pau and made the Finals.
Es curioso. David Andersen está acabadisimo en los ojos de muchos aficionados, Pau Gasol está en su mejor momento... y tienen la misma edad