Gasol vs. Gasol? Phil Jackson starts zinging
So do the Lakers have the wrong Gasol?
Of course not.
But Lakers Coach Phil Jackson jabbed at his all-star forward when asked about Pau Gasol going up against his brother, Marc, when the Lakers play Memphis on Tuesday at Staples Center.
"It's been very hard on him," Jackson said of past battles in the post between the brothers. "A lot of times we say we traded the wrong guy and tell him that Marc is a tougher, more powerful player than he is. [Marc] doesn't have the shooting touch yet, but his defense, his rebounding is very good. He gets a kick out of playing against Pau. He's actually a little more physical than Pau is. I like to bring it to [Pau's] awareness."
The Lakers acquired Pau in February 2008 for Kwame Brown, Aaron McKie, Javaris Crittenton, two first-round picks and the rights to Marc, who the Lakers drafted with a second-round pick in 2007.
Marc, 25, is five years younger than Pau, but is listed at 265 pounds, 15 more than his brother. Marc is listed at 7-foot-1, an inch taller than Pau.
Now in his third NBA season, Marc has career averages of 13.1 points and 8.3 rebounds a game. Pau has averaged 18.8 points and nine rebounds in his 10-year career.
In seven NBA games against his brother, Marc is averaging fewer points (11.6) but more rebounds (nine) than his career averages.
Pau tried to laugh off Jackson's remarks.
"I don't think he believes that, but obviously he's always picking," said Gasol, who was named Western Conference player of the week. "He's always trying to have a good time, and we have fun playing around with each other."
Pau said he wouldn't fire back with a jab of his own, though he acknowledged that Jackson ribbed him quite a bit. Last month, Jackson said it looked like Gasol was "still on vacation" after a slow start in exhibition play.
"There's certain things that are a little touchier," Gasol said. "Most of the time I just try to ignore [it], because otherwise he would continue and it's not a battle I'd want to be part of."
-- Mike Bresnahan