Gregg Popovich Rips Pau Gasol Trade

It was only a matter of time before someone said what everyone was thinking — the Lakers ripped the Grizzlies off. They acquired a premium player like Pau Gasol, who pretty much single-handedly got the Grizzlies into the playoffs a few times, for the likes of nearly nothing. Kwame Brown, Javaris Critenton, Pau’s brother Marc, and a pair of first-round picks isn’t exactly a king’s ransom. About the only thing there worth any value would be the draft picks, but you figure the Lakers are getting Pau so those picks will probably be late first-round, like 25th or so. So when you think about it, what did the Lakers give up? Not a whole lot. And that’s what makes Spurs coach Gregg Popovich so peeved:

“What they did in Memphis is beyond comprehension,” said Popovich. “There should be a trade committee that can scratch all trades that make no sense. I just wish I had been on a trade committee that oversees NBA trades. I’d like to elect myself to that committee. I would have voted no to the L.A. trade.”

I wonder what he has to say about the Shaq trade huh? Guess Pop feels a bit threatened — as well he should. The Spurs might be the defending champions, but now the Lakers provide some serious competition. I’ll still give the nod to San Antonio, but the gap has certainly closed. The playoffs are going to be quite exciting, to say the least.

Pau Gasol’s Brother Is a Draft Prospect

Automatically when I saw the last name Gasol, I was intrigued. Think about it, Gasol isn’t exactly a common back-of-the-jersey stitching, unless it’s the Jones of Spain or something. But Peter Schrager’s mock draft on foxsports.com has Marc Gasol going 22nd overall to the Bobcats — and that’s pretty high. Who knew? Certainly not me, so I feel like it’s time to get to know this guy a bit.

Marc is a 7’1″ 265lb center from Barcelona, playing for some nose itch team named Akasvayu Girona, International. Or something like that. The best case scenario compares Marc to Mehmet Okur (pre-Spurs series I hope), and the worst case has him as a Marc Jackson clone. May God have mercy on his soul. We do know he certainly has some size, in both respects. Reports say that when he came to Memphis to play high school ball he got too chunky too quickly, and it affected his game. I think it’s always better to have meat on dem bones, and 265lbs ain’t bad to me.

So what are the chances the guy’s any good? Judging by his Team Spain FIBA numbers, there isn’t much hope. But he is young, and he does have the bloodlines. But I’m afraid that’s all he has. And personally, I think we already have enough Gasol’s in the NBA. But that’s just me.