February 4, 2023 | 3:25 pm EST Update
Drew Hill: Ja Morant and Tyus Jones shooting free throws with a couple of kids at the end of practice for Make-A-Wish. Grizzlies also hooked them up with some new gear.
Before the 2014-15 season, Steve Kerr’s first year as coach, Pau Gasol was available. He had done his time with the Lakers, had won back-to-back titles with Kobe Bryant and was moving on. I asked Gasol, after his Friday round at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am, if he had ever thought back then that he would make a perfect Warrior. “I did, I did, I did,” said Gasol, who now lives in Atherton with his wife and their two young children. “I talked to (Warriors’ GM) Bob (Myers) about it, but that was the time they signed Shaun Livingston. They only had that mid-level exception, so they gave it to Shaun. He was a great fit, that was a great decision, Shaun played great for ‘em. And I played great for Chicago, but we didn’t win.”
During the pandemic, Gasol — who retired from the NBA in 2019 and from international play a year later — was in Hawaii with his family. He found a set of clubs in the closet of the rental unit and thought he’d try them out. The golf gods hooked him and reeled him in. In less than two years, Gasol has become a real golfer. “He is the best short-game player over 6-5 in the world,” Dillon said. “I have yet to see him leave a ball in a bunker.”
Golf has grabbed Gasol. “It’s been really healthy for me,” he said. “It’s a great kind of mental getaway for me at this point of transition (into retirement). I get to meet really cool people from a different world. I get to play incredible courses and see incredible places. It’s been really just another challenge, it’s a very humbling sport, it’s a very exciting sport.”
February 4, 2023 | 2:41 pm EST Update
Warriors coach Steve Kerr joined 95.7 The Game’s “Damon & Ratto” show Friday, where he said he doesn’t anticipate any movement on Golden State’s end. “Every year is a little different based on the schedule, but given that we are home this week, [general manager] Bob [Myers] and I will definitely sit down, probably early in the week, just to go over whatever’s happening out there, is something out there or not,” Kerr said. “And he’ll fill me in on that, and then I go back and do my job, and he does everything … I don’t really expect anything to happen.”