Since he came into the league, Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol has been called soft. I’m definitely not going to disagree. The guy is a 7-footer who’s afraid to take it strong to the rim and will settle for a baby hook when he should be taking some contact instead.
The comments have never really seemed to bother Pau, he continues to play the same way year after year. He did a radio interview with Dan Le Batard earlier this week where he talked about what he thought about Kendrick Perkins and Amar’e Stoudemire calling him “soft.”
“Sometimes I believe it is guys just talking for the heck of talking,” Gasol said. “They got nothing better to say and other times I believe there is a little bit of jealousy at times, but I can’t really control what other people say. I can control what I do and what I have been doing throughout my career, which has been very successful and help my team beat better teams. That is as much as I can control and that’s what I focus 100% on, so the rest of the stuff is a couple of guys talking here or there. It does not affect me or interfere with my life.”
Typical diplomatic answer from the big guy. Aside from saying that other post players might be jealous of him, that’s pretty much a standard BS response.
I think the only reason other players might be jealous of him is because he gets to play with Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum, players that take the pressure off him. Any big man would love to have the attention focused somewhere else so they can benefit.
But honestly, we all know Pau is soft, just watch a Lakers game and you’ll see it in 5 minutes. I’m sure Pau knows it too, but no one is going to own up to that. No one wants to admit that any other big guy in the league can push him around. Until the end of his career, people are going to be calling Gasol a pushover, and Gasol will continue to deny it and hang his hat on the fact that he’s won 2 NBA championships. I guess we can’t ever take that away from him, so we’ll all just agree to disagree.
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I disagree. Pau is obviously having his worst statistical season in recent memory, therefore it's easy to rag on him while he's down. Perkins sure wasn't saying that when Pau was beating his team in the finals, a serious in which Pau was clearly the most valuable player on the team (although the award went to Kobe anyway). And Amare Stoudemire?! Criticizing anyone? That's ludicrous in itself. The guy is one of the most overrated power forwards in the NBA, at least Perkins is a solid center.
Dirk Nowitzki has played the same way, and had the same "soft" tag following him for his entire career. Last season, he didn't do anything differently, but his team won the championship, and so everyone shut up about it (for now). This seems to have more to do with the fact that these players are international, and therefore play a different brand of basketball, something many of us Americans do not like and do not respect because it's different. We all love to see the big dunks from guys like Blake Griffin and fast break swats from guys like LeBron and Josh Smith. We have a tendency to ignore anything else and assume that it is inferior, which is unfortunate.
@myredbeard Great comment dude, couldn't agree more.