After his first days in the NBA, at the head of Pau Gasol was around the name of Michael Jordan. But as soon as he debuted as a Memphis player, he realized that he would have to focus on another target: Kevin Garnett, the perfect villain.
Pau’s arrival at the Los Angeles Lakers in 2008 It was bordering on perfect. But, of course, of course, the rival par excellence would not allow it. Defeat in the Finals against the Boston Celtics… and against Kevin Garnett. Criticism about the harshness that Pau used in defense, the ‘Gasoft’ concept, intensified. But Gasol would redeem himself very soon, in 2009 and against Dwight Howard, and would sentence his great rival in the final of all finals: a seventh game between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers, the second ring with his brother Kobe Bryant.
You can now listen to ‘Two rings in purple and gold’, the second episode of ‘Pau Gasol, always a Laker’, the new AS Audio podcast about Pau Gasol’s career in the Los Angeles Lakers in tribute to the withdrawal of his number 16.