Lakers and Pau-wer: Why Pau "Black Swan" Gasol Isn’t Soft

February 23rd, 2011 by Feed Bynum Leave a reply »
The word around Tinseltown is that Pau Gasol, the 2008 Steal of the Year, is soft.

I beg to differ.

Before I begin my tirade, please forgive me—this article is in “stream of consciousness” mode.

Let me begin with a distinction that must be made: mental softness versus physical softness. 

I believe when people say that Pau Gasol is soft, they are referring to his lack of a “killer instinct” or mental toughness.  This is most surely a falsehood.

I have a hard time believing that a back-to-back champion lacks the mental wherewithal to show up to an important game with a tough, “winning-time” mindset.  Just look at the rings. The only remnant of Garnett’s toughness from Game 7 is his forehead sweat on the basket’s pole padding.

Many people mistake Pau’s “physical softness” for “mental softness”. Simply put, Pau is a soft man.  His genetic makeup does not naturally allow him to bang in the interior.  It does allow him to swoop, dive and glide to two points (and occasionally one more).

To put it an ...

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