Pau Gasol: Spanish for "efficient"
Pen is to write as Pau Gasol is to:
a) directing art house documentary shorts.
b) making canoes out of recycled two-liter Fresca bottles.
c) kicking EuroBasket ass and taking names.
That, for those of you new to the game, is good.
Gasol didn't play all that well when Spain met Serbia earlier in the tourney, which (in conjunction with that whole "it's for the championship" thing) will likely motivate him to play well in the final. Which would be totally fine with many/most Lakers fans, who would love to see Gasol win a little hardware. Mostly, though, they want to make sure he can use his left index finger to indicate "We're #1!" without any pain.
Ed. Note: There will be no nitpicking over the analogy. Thank you.
(Photo: Peter Andrews, Reuters)