Snoop on Pau: 'he play'n like a soft-a**, sucka, b**tch'
Yes, it’s been a tough few days for Pau Gasol, the star power forward for the two-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers.
The Lakers are the NBA’s version of Hollywood. When you’re winning, they love you. When you’re losing, the knives, machetes, and daggers come out.
Here’s the thing: the Lakers need Gasol. If the purple-and-gold is to have any chance of defeating the Dallas Mavericks, he must find his old form.
After all, the Mavericks lead the Western Conference semi-finals 3-0. They’re confident. They’re loose. And they’re determined. The Lakers, on the other hand, are none of the above in large part because of their Spaniard’s struggles.
Gasol must battle on both ends of the floor. He must improve his offensive numbers, while doing a better job defensively against Dirk Nowtizki.
This only happens if he has support. So Coach Jackson has to stop embarrassing him during timeouts; the team’s communications director must end the TMZ style gossip about his love life; teammates must have his back and silence one of the club’s high profile fans.
Like it or not, Gasol is key to a comeback. And it won’t happen if everyone around him is in attack mode.
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