Number 11 – Pau Gasol
For Gasol’s review, we decided on taking an in-depth look at his impressive performance in Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics. His 19 points and 18 rebounds were key in winning the game and delivering the franchise their 16th championship.
Here is an excerpt from ‘The Greatest Lakers of All-Time: Pau Gasol‘:
Gasol’s first involvement came in the form of an assist about a minute into the game. Ron Artest puts up a poorly advised mid-range shot whilst under pressure from Pierce, he misses and the ball bounces out for the long rebound. Gasol tips it out to the waiting Derek Fisher on the left-wing, he catches the ball as it bounces towards him and puts the open 3 pointer straight up. He swishes it home for the Lakers first 3 points of the game.
Gasol’s first points come about a minute later, he attacks the paint from the left low post but is unable to finish over the top of Garnett and Pierce Andrew Bynum gets the rebound and tries to put it back up but misses badly, the ball is knocked loose and Gasol secures it. He muscles into Garnett and tries to put it up again but is blocked. Catching it again he quickly puts it back up a third time, scoring this time. Lakers are up 5-2.
Gasol scores next as he attacks the paint from the right elbow. Faking the shot he gets Garnett to leave the ground, taking one dribble he has Garnett on the back foot. As he fakes to the left, Garnett is wrong-footed, Gasol spins round to the right and puts a sky hook over the top of the defence, dropping it in. The All-Star big man now has 4 points.
To read on, make sure to go and check out the original article.
Pau Gasol was traded to Los Angeles in the middle of the 2007-08 season, to pair with Bryant in an attempt to make the Lakers a contender again. That he did.
As a Laker, he went on to earn 3 All-NBA selections, 3 All-Star selections, and became a 2 time NBA Champion. Adopted by Laker Nation as one of their own, he well and truly deserves his place on this list as a great!