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Pau Gasol exit interview

June 20, 2008 |  5:28 pm

Gasol spoke at length with the media, covering everything from his upcoming Olympic experience to the range of adjustments he had to make coming to a winning franchise. Fair to say, the culture in L.A. is different from the one he left in Memphis. He's excited about the prospect of playing in the same frontcourt as Andrew Bynum and believes the team is certainly moving in the right direction, despite how things ended. (They did make the Finals, after all, so it's hard to argue.) It's interesting, too, to hear Gasol talk about the charge that he and his teammates were soft. To reach the Finals, winning the top spot in the Western Conference and beating the Nuggets, Jazz, and Spurs, the latter two being very physical, tough teams, makes that impossible, he said. Had they been truly soft, there's no way the Lakers would have made it as far as they did.

All that and more, in four parts, below.