I was just sitting here thinking about the Clippers game tomorrow, and I couldn't help but think how Gasol feels about the excitement and/but pressue cooker that he's been through already as a Laker. Don't get me wrong .... I'm sure he's absolutely LOVING it, but just think what this guy has been through since becoming a Lakers:
4 out of the 9 games he has played with the Lakers have been HUGE games for him and for the Lakers ......
-- His first game as a Laker. You know he was really nervous.
** Then there were 5 games in-between to get to know the team and gel better.
BUT then the next 3 games --
-- His first "Home" game as a Laker. (with tons of interviews also) Another pressure-cooker game for him.
-- Need I say more!!! The biggest regular season game of the year for all NBA fans. The Lakers biggest rival, PLUS Shaq's big debut. Another BIG pressure-cooker game.
-- And now .. The Lakers cross-city rivals (which is always an important game for the Lakers and Laker fans - especially if you live in L.A.). Plus wanting to hold on to 1st place. So, another pressure-cooker game.
I mean, man, Pau is probably wondering if the Lakers ever have just a "normal game". I know all games are important, but, my gosh, this guy's head must be swirling.
Let's also remember that in-between all these games, he was flying thousands of miles back-and-forth.....Plus the pressure of being EXPECTED to win!!!
I APPLAUD YOU, PAU!!!!!!