If you are wondering why teams want to trade for Pau Gasol, he showed why on Friday night. Gasol had 23 points, 17 rebounds, 8 assists, and 3 blocks in a win over the Jazz on Friday, and it looks like his upper respiratory infection has left him for good.
Gasol’s production has dipped in the last couple of years, but make no mistake, he is one of the most skilled big men this league has ever seen. Pau has never been an elite defender, but he is seven feet tall, and sometimes it’s just a matter of effort–and getting in the way. He was extremely active on both ends of the floor against Utah, and the fact that they dominated most of the game was no coincidence.
When Pau plays like this, the league is better, and the Lakers are actually interesting. We will see if the Lakers can spark a run after this win. Of course, it was against the Utah Jazz, and they aren’t very good.