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Kurt Rambis on Pau Gasol: "He just looks tired."

Jun 15, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for gasol_2_game1.pngPau Gasol is not soft. He is tired.

That is what former Laker assistant and current Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Kurt Rambis sees, and what he told Dan Bareirro on KFAN in Minneapolis. Gasol looked good in the first two games when he was getting help from Andrew Bynum, but with Bynum fading and Odom MIA it is all too much.

“I told [Gasol] in Orlando after we won that championship that he was the biggest reason why we won that championship because he learned [to play through the physicality]. He started that way against the Celtics, but… it just looks to me like he is tired. He still has that aggressive mindset, but just physically he cannot absorb the punishment that the Celtics are putting out.”

As for the Lakers offense, Rambis sees what we all see: A lot of people standing around and watching the Kobe Bryant show.

“I saw a Laker team that was stagnant. I saw an awful lot of players that were either indecisive, non-aggressive or making improper decisions when it came to executing shots or sequences offensively. It was just stagnant. It was dead. I thought that he did a good job of jump starting the team to motivating them to play better. But, in a lot of ways it didn’t. The players didn’t seem to ride his coattails of momentum. They just stood around and watched him – which puts a lot of pressure on him. I can’t tell you how many times they are executing their offense and they pass up 2-3 shots. Finally, Kobe gets the ball in his hands and he has to find his shot… This is where he has to move the basketball on and his team has to step up. I think that fine line was not adhered to. It usually is with him. But in that ballgame, more of the responsibility falls on his teammates. They weren’t executing. They weren’t being aggressive. They were being very timid last night. That’s why he had to step up. I don’t think he had a choice.”

Hey Timberwolves fans. Both of you. Check out the interview because Rambis also talks about his team, and confirms he doesn’t think they can really win with an Al Jefferson and Kevin Love front line. He wants a center.

  1. Omnius - Jun 15, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    Kurt Rambis is correct that Pau Gasol is playing too much and not getting enough help from Bynum and Odom. Bynum has his wrecked knee hindering him but he’s been great gutting his way through the pain and the hobbled knee. Odom hasn’t been good on the road and wasn’t in Boston but now that he’s home with the Kardashians he should step up. Still I thought Phil Jackson made a mistake not putting DJ Mbenga in to spell Gasol a little more so Pau can get proper rest so he can then go out and hustle. As long as the refs stop helping Boston by looking the other way when they commit so many fouls the Lakers should whip the Celtics good the next two games. That block against Gasol in game 5 was a foul not called. Lakers will light up the scoreboard tonight as the Showtime Lakers return to finish up the series. Celtics are 1-7 in closeout games on the road and couldn’t closeout the Lakers on the road in 2008.

  2. EastCoastBBall - Jun 15, 2010 at 6:16 PM

    Omnius…I don’t understand why you Laker fans are in total denial. DJ Mbenga to spell Gasol??? LOL. Refs helping Celtics??? Um dude. Lakers had 4 times as many charity stripe shots as the Lakers in game 5 and THEY STILL LOST! Man you Lakers fans are just complete IDIOTS! It’s no wonder you root for the Lakers. They’re in denial too! They’re all saying how they’re not going to lose any sleep and acting non-chalant. Lakers have more talent dude, but (except Kobe and Fish and Luke) they HAVE NO HEART! That’s why your cream puffs aren’t going to win. If only the Lakers had a heart and played team ball they could beat the Celtics, but they don’t.
    A KNICKS FAN! Go Shrek and Donkey!

  3. Dr. Robert Porter - Jun 15, 2010 at 6:30 PM

    I think that Kobe gets a bum rap, If he passes and doesn’t shoot, he is labeled as too passive, If he takes matters into his own hands he is selfish and a ball hog. If Lebron James had put on that performance in Game 5 he would have been worshiped as a hero with no one to help him. But When it comes to Kobe he is damned if he do and damned if he doesn’t. The rest of the team were not involved because they were mentally somewhere else. Lack of hustle, lack of will, lack of sense of the moment. I beleive that the supporting cast needs more pep talks to keep them menatally involved in the game. I don’t believe that possess the mental toughness inspire themselves. Thats where the conflict comes in between Kobe and the rest of the team. He is not a person who motivates verballly, He motivates by doing.

  4. Gman - Jun 15, 2010 at 6:32 PM

    LAKERS in 7 !! yeah baby!!

  5. Blaze - Jun 15, 2010 at 6:39 PM

    Kobe doesnt get a bum rap!! Please its just him playing “the watch me takeover show” is getting them nowhere as it did in the past. Isn’t this the same Laker team that has been getting props and praises for everybody contributing, their deep bench (joke), and the best player in the league. The Lakers are a finesse team plain and simple so put against some rough and tough vets, they are being exposed…

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