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Pau Gasol: Media 'Pretty Pathetic' for Playing Up Comments on Garnett

Jun 5, 2010 – 7:35 PM
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Brett Pollakoff

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- One of the big stories to come out of the Lakers practice on Friday was some quotes from Pau Gasol which essentially said that Kevin Garnett has lost a step. The supposedly inflammatory lines from Gasol went like this:

"On Kevin's part, he's lost some explosiveness," Gasol said. "He's more of a jump-shooter now, you could say. Most of his stuff comes off the lane. Before, he had a really quick first step, and would get into the lane, and he was more aggressive I think.

"Time passes, and we all suffer it one way or another."

We had these quotes in a story here at FanHouse too, although it wasn't the main focus of the piece. Why not? Because Gasol didn't say these things in response to Garnett's play in Game 1. It was part of his answer to a longer line of questioning about how the two players have changed over the nine years that Gasol has been in the league playing against Garnett.

At Saturday's practice, Gasol was not at all pleased with the way his comments were taken, for the most part, out of context, and made to be some kind of slight on Garnett. Gasol called the media "pretty pathetic" for the way his comments were portrayed, and said that in the future he may shorten his answers considerably so that something like this doesn't happen again.

Video of Gasol's comments on the matter can be seen in the clip below.

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