The Los Angeles Lakers’ season came to an abrupt end last week when the Phoenix Suns eliminated them from the playoffs.
In the days following, a post-mortem has taken place.
One of the things that has stood out most upon review of the year that was is how disappointing Marc Gasol’s run with the Lakers ended up being.
When he initially got signed over the offseason, there were visions of him being a more productive version of Dwight Howard.
That didn’t end up happening.
It became readily apparent by the midseason mark that Gasol’s athleticism had completely waned, and that in turn led to some friction between him and the organization.
Gasol was not shy about expressing his displeasure, and LA wasn’t timid in its desire to get rid of him.
For a myriad of reasons, ultimately Gasol remained with the Lakers through the entire season.
This past week, he reflected on the experience in fairly blunt and emotional terms.
“I came into this year with the mindset of enjoying every second of it, soaking everything in, and understanding what an honor it is to wear this jersey,” Gasol said.
“Obviously, you guys know my family history with the team and how much it meant to Pau. So for me to be here and play for this team was an honor, and it is an honor. So I didn’t take it for granted for one second.”
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— Game 7 (@game7__) January 7, 2021
The Lakers have a lot of big decisions to make. They are clearly looking to trade at least one of their big stars. They’re lukewarm on re-signing another. And that’s to say nothing of Alex Caruso’s perilous status.
How will Gasol fit into all this? Time will tell.
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