Pau Gasol got a close-up look at what he always aspires to be when the Bulls played -- and beat -- Tim Duncan and the Spurs on Monday. Gasol and Duncan went mano a mano, with Gasol saying afterwards: “Tim is obviously way above me, but he is a guy I looked up to since I got in the league." Against San Antonio Gasol had a very Duncan-like stat line, with 18 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks including a timely late rejection of LaMarcus Aldridge. Gasol continued about Duncan: "Just to be in the same sentence with him, I appreciate it and it’s an honor. He’s a guy I think every young player should resemble."
Gasol may not qualify as a young player anymore, but he certainly went out the next night and tried to resemble the Spurs superstar. In a 99-90 win against Denver, Gasol had 26 points and 19 rebounds, marking five straight double-doubles. Gasol also blocked four shots. Duncan may be, as Gasol says, "way above" him, but they'll be housemates one day in the Basketball Hall of Fame.The BEST SALES on Amazon NOW ]