Pau Gasol hasn’t just played for the drama-heavy LA Lakers, the early Memphis Grizzlies, and the Second City Chicago Bulls. No, the cultured big man from Barcelona — now plying his crafty trade in San Antonio — has played all over the world. But it doesn’t take a man well-schooled in culture like Gasol is to recognize the special culture the San Antonio Spurs have built over the last two decades. Yet it’s certain that Gasol’s travels over the years have made him a connoisseur of good culture — basketball and otherwise. At NBA.com Gasol had this to say:
”The Spurs’ record and trajectory over the last 19 seasons speaks for itself. It’s just a model of consistency, excellency and how to get it done. The way they build the culture around here is really impressive. I’m just glad to be a part of it, and now let’s see if we can do something special.”
Gasol has returned from surgery displaying the urgency exhibited by that remark. He shot 71% and scored 17 in his first game back, then contributed 15 points in just 19 minutes as the Spurs blew out the Lakers for their eighth straightwin. He added 7 rebounds. Gasol is after his third NBA championship ring. He won two as a Laker.