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Pau Gasol Excited to See What Steve Nash Can Do for LA


If there was any player that should benefit immensely from the Los Angeles Lakers’ new acquisitions, it might be Pau Gasol.

This is not to say that Kobe Bryant won’t benefit from Steve Nash’s perspicacious passing vision and the extra attention that Dwight Howard will receive. Or that Howard will not enjoy playing with talented players that accentuate his interior dominance. Or that Nash won’t be the perfect liaison in an offense with a surplus of talent.

But Gasol was criminally underused last season. He converted on 47.3% of his post-up possessions last season, according to MySynergySports, which amounted to 0.95 points per possession (PPP). Instead, the Lakers relied heavily on Bryant isolations and Andrew Bynum post-ups, two less efficient modes of attack. The Lakers would have improved by nine points per 100 possessions had they swapped Bryant isolations for Gasol post-ups.

If anyone can actualize Gasol’s full potential in the Lakers’ offense, it would be Nash. They are also good friends and an occasional dinner between the two will help them cope with the inevitable frustrations that result from playing with Bryant. (Unless they really dominate like Metta World Peace believes they will. Then they won’t mind as much.)

On Sunday (Gasol) will be in LA for dinner that awaits Steve Nash.

“For me it was a great joy (to sign) Nash,” Gasol told Marca.com. “He is the most unselfish player in the NBA. I’m excited to play with Steve and all that he brings.”

While Bryant will continue to hoist ill-advised 19-footers, as it is a central focus of his game, the Lakers will need to delve away from his shot creating occasionally if they intend to utilize Nash’s skills optimally.

Plus, Gasol and Nash could be a successful pick-and-roll pairing, as both are excellent passers for their position and Gasol can extend the defense from 16-23 feet. Gasol struggled as the roll man last season but that trend can be reversed with Nash on the floor.

And if Gasol does not succeed in his new environment, and he should thrive, at least he can enjoy a nice dinner with a good friend.

That is not such a bad alternative.

Tags: Los Angeles Lakers Pau Gasol Steve Nash

  • Kyle

    Terrible article

    • Quixem Ramirez

      You are entitled to your opinion. May I ask why?

      • Mike

        Because you unnecessarily bash on Kobe. Like MJ didnt hoist “ill advised 19 footers”? Heck so does Lebron. Kobe shares more than enough. He won five titles with his team mates. Its not like he went 1 on 5 to win those titles. If he did, that would have been more amazing. He averages close to 4-5 assists per game for his career. How is that selfish? He is a SHOOTING GUARD. NOT a point guard!

        • Quixem Ramirez

          I didn’t intent to bash Kobe and I didn’t devalue his accomplishments. But he attempted 7.7 shots per game from 16-23 feet last season, which led the league by a wide margin, so these types of shots are a central part of his game. Not all are ill-advised (poor word choice on my part) and he was an above average shooter from this range to his credit. But the Lakers offense shouldn’t rely as heavily on these types of attempts this season.

    • Quixem Ramirez

      You are entitled to your opinion. May I ask why you feel this way?