Originally Posted by kwajo
If we wanted a mentor for Val, then I'd rather get a cheap vet with a mean streak than Pau.
I don't think motivation is needed for Val. Seems to be a workhorse in the paint, and that rarely fades away. I see him keeping his aggressive nature.
What Val needs is refinement for his skills. If the season is lost (likely), might as well make the most of it by having Gasol teach the kid a thing or two.
Gasol needs to teach Val how to read the floor, pass out of the post, and work on when he should be shooting a 16-18 footer. Those are all things Gasol can show him.