Pau Gasol: My New Favorite…Nope, There’s Just No Way I’m Saying That

Add Silvia Lopez Castro to the list of Steve’s smokin’ hot sports girlfriends. As a Celtics fan, I can’t bring myself to give Pau Gasol a sincere compliment.  In the interest of continuing a tradition I will, however, admit that his girlfriend is hot.  He’s supposedly been dating Silvia Lopez Castro, a Dream Cheers cheerleader, for a while now.  Dream Cheers is a traveling dance group that performs halftime shows for sports teams like FC Barcelona.

Shouldn’t she be dating some soccer player or someone whose looks haven’t been compared to more animals than anyone in the history of professional sports?  None the less, my opinion doesn’t matter and she’s settled with the llama.  And at the end of the day Gasol’s a lucky man — one with two straight championships and a trophy girlfriend. On a different note, could this purse have belonged to her? Certainly makes one think.  Here are some photos of Pau Gasol’s girlfriend, cheerleader Silvia Lopez Castro, for your viewing pleasure.


Pau Gasol Dating Cheerleader Silvia Lopez Castro [The Big Lead via Hot Clicks]

Today’s Humor: Pau Gasol’s Purse

I’ve looked at this picture for quite a while now before deciding to post it.  I didn’t want to take it out of context.  At first I’m thinking, “Maybe it’s a laptop bag.”  Then I’m thinking, “Okay, it’s a crappy picture, I don’t think the trim and part of the strap are actually pink; it just looks like they are.”  I now realize there’s really no way to defend it.  This is a picture of Pau Gasol wearing a purse, and I’m fairly certain the purse has pink trim and a somewhat pink strap.

Gasol’s been called soft before, and it clearly bothers him.  He vowed to be more physical this year in the NBA Finals than he was two years ago, and in Game 1 he came out doing just that.  He took it to Kevin Garnett the way KG took it to him in 2008 and was even somewhat outspoken about how KG has changed as a player, although the media blew his comments completely out of proportion.  The bottom line here is that with the exception of Game 1, you haven’t shown that much toughness, Pau — although the numbers have been there for the most part.  If it truly gets under your skin when people call you “soft”, try not to be spotted in public sporting women’s accessories.

Photo Credit: Barstool Sports

Pau Gasol Comment on KG’s Changed Game Portrayed Poorly by Media

You didn’t really think that Lakers forward Pau Gasol would be dumb enough to rip Celtics forward Kevin Garnett unsolicited, did you? He’s much smarter than that, right? During one of the off days prior to Game 2 of the NBA Finals, Pau Gasol was asked how both he and Kevin Garnett have changed as players since they first played against each other. As Bob Ryan explained for The Boston Globe, Gasol’s comments were an honest and accurate assessment:

“And also on Kevin’s part he’s also lost some explosiveness. He’s more of a jump shooter now, you could say, comes off the lane. Before he had a really quick first step and was getting to the lane and was more aggressive then. Time passes and we all suffer it one way or the other, but he’s still a terrific player, a terrific competitor and he’s going to bring everything he’s got. You can count on that.”

Of course anytime you hear that comment from Pau, like in this piece by ESPN reporter Rachel Nichols, the question asked is left out so people don’t get to hear the entire exchange to judge for themselves. Then the quote gets brought to Garnett and pisses him off prior to Game 2, and people start throwing out cliches about “waking a sleeping giant” and “tugging on Superman’s cape.” Any wonder why players don’t like dealing with the media? Or maybe Gasol should be more guarded next time and feed us b.s. because we kill players who give us honesty.

Gasol wronged in Garnett comments [The Boston Globe]

Video: Pau Gasol Fouled Hard by Mickael Pietrus to End Game 4

While a lot of people will be talking about Derek Fisher’s big three pointers to help the Lakers win Game 4 and the Magic blowing a five point lead with a minute to play, it was a play at the very end of the game that was pretty controversial. Likely frustrated by his team blowing the game, Mickael Pietrus took out some anger against Pau Gasol. The game was already over at this point:

I don’t know how to look at this as anything other than Pietrus being a poor sport. Honestly, watching this in full-speed reminds me of one of those Terry Tate Reebok commercials. Pietrus should have taken care of things during the game so he didn’t have to release frustration at the end of it.

Video: Pau Gasol Shows Off the Dribbling Skills, Goes Between the Legs

The Lakers handled the Jazz pretty well on Friday night, beating them 113-100. Pau Gasol had 21 points giving him 10,001 in his career, making him the 4th European-born player to crack that mark. That may have been an impressive milestone to break, but Pau’s truly impressive feat was the fastbreak he led in the final minutes. Check out Pau harnessing his inner point guard:

Maybe just being in a Laker jersey Pau felt he had to do his best Shaq impression. I’d say those few seconds on the court perfectly sum up Pau’s game: he’s pretty well-rounded for a big man.

Grizzlies Owner Questioning Gasol Deal

I’m really struggling to comprehend why Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley would even make these comments. What happened when his GM approached him for final approval of the Gasol trade? “Hey boss, I got these suckers on the line, I’ve convinced them to send me a former #1 pick and two more 1st rounders, and all those dummies want in exchange is Pau.” “Sounds good to me, let’s make it happen!” Seriously, what I wouldn’t do to hear what really went on behind the scenes for that deal. Anyway, I was meaning to address this since reading it on Tuesday. Check out the comments Grizzlies owner Heisley made to Yahoo! Sports regarding the trade that had Gregg Popovich oh so peeved:

“I don’t know if I got the most value,” Heisley confessed. “Maybe our people should’ve shopped (Gasol) more and maybe we would’ve gotten more, done a better deal. Maybe Chris did call every team in the league. I don’t think he did, but maybe he should’ve…”

“I don’t know if I got the most value,” he said.

Well, maybe, just maybe, GM Chris Wallace knows something we don’t know. Maybe the Lakers will have a poor 2010 season and the Grizzlies will wind up with a top 5 lottery pick and land a superstar. I dunno. I still don’t get that trade on multiple fronts, and neither do most people. Wallace must have been hammered that day. Had to have been. Maybe he decided, “What the eff, I’m in the trading mood today. First person who calls about Pau has themselves a deal.” And credit Kupchak for picking up the phone and being the lucky winner — least he made it happen. As for questions about the deal being fixed, if that were the case, I doubt Heisley would publicly be questioning it. He’d be standing by his GM all the way.

George Karl Rips Pau Gasol Trade

To refresh your memory, first it was Spurs coach Gregg Popovich who bashed the Pau Gasol trade, saying there should be a trade committee that must approve deals. Pretty much anyone who’s seen the Lakers play since Pau (long as you’re not a Lakers fan) has to be upset with Memphis for giving up Pau for nearly nothing. Count Nuggets coach George Karl as one still in disbelief over the trade, as he mentioned to ESPN in an interviewed aired during the Nuggets/Spurs game Friday night:

“I’m with Pop on the Gasol trade. [The Nuggets media relations director] told me about the trade, I said ‘the league can’t let that happen. There’s no way.’ That’s not going to happen. I swear, I said ‘there’s no way that’s happening.’ It was like a gift — Christmas come early. It was a surprise package underneath the tree.”

We’ve broke down some of the recent one-sided deals in the NBA back when Popovich made his comments, but at least some of those teams were getting back at least one useful player, as opposed to Memphis which really got nothing. So, the question must then be asked: is David Stern really using his power to pull these strings? Something tells me the answer is yes.