Pau Gasol is one of the most frustrating players in the NBA, and Los Angeles Lakers fans have become quite accustomed to it. Part of the reason Gasol gets the criticism from Laker fans that he does is because most are used to the 2009-2010 Pau, the one that helped lead them to an NBA championship. The production from that Pau is likely gone, but there is no reason he cannot still be effective for the Lakers.
It is no secret that Gasol is one of the most skilled big men in the NBA. In fact, he might be the most skilled big man in the NBA. His use of both hands, the low-post sky-hook and moves he uses are nearly unmatched. He does not depend on athleticism and jumping ability, but rather fine tuned skill. As good as he is, he is also inconsistent, something that is very frustrating for Laker fans.
Seeing Gasol play like he did last night, racking up 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists in a win over the New Orleans Hornets, one wonders why he can’t be producing like this every night. The thing that amazes me is this, he can produce like that every night, but he doesn’t. It seems that every time after a great performance Pau follows it with a horrible one.
The reasoning behind this no one knows. It could be a better defensive effort from opposing teams, but good players should be able to adjust to that sort of thing. The only person who knows why Pau Gasol is not consistent is Pau Gasol. But, the criticism that Pau has long believed is unwarranted towards him can all go away if he does this, play well every night.
When Laker fans see you put up 19 points in a win, then come back with a measly 12, we get mad. There’s no excuse for it. Ever since he has returned from his foot injury Pau has said that it would take a few games to get back into the groove of things. Now that a few games have gone by, it seems he is getting a groove back. Whether it is the old 2009 groove, we will have to wait and see. But, for once Pau, prove us all wrong, string together a few stellar games, and then maybe the criticism will stop, at least until the playoffs start.
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