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Pau Gasol impersonator has his own commercial

Had Lakers Coach Phil Jackson known about this venture, perhaps he wouldn't have lamented playing Pau Gasol so many minutes during Andrew Bynum's 24-game absence at the beginning of the season.

Instead of suggesting the Lakers need to acquire a backup center, questioning Bynum's prolonged timetable or needling Gasol altogether, Jackson simply could've hired Pau's impersonator. Lancaster resident Michael Fanter has already made waves with The Times' Lakers blog noting a few Laker fans outside Staples Center believed he was the real deal more than a year ago. But should Jackson find the need to rest up Gasol for the postseason, it might not hurt to view the following commercial below and consult Fanter's website.

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@OUTLAW... I don’t know whether Drew will get his full hops and athleticism back before next year but he definitely is getting a little back each week. Passing into the post requires timing and misdirection to make the pass WHEN the help defense is leaning away and to make the pass WHERE only Drew can catch it. Magic was the master of this as he fed the ball into Kareem. It frustrates me so much watching Drew seal his fronting defender with a good ten feet between him and the ball and see the help defender lean the wrong way only to see the Lakers perimeter player then pass the ball to the left or right and not to Drew. This is poor coaching in my mind. I must stop play when my grandson’s CYO team is practicing or scrimmaging a dozen times to point out when one of my players passes the ball at the wrong time or to the wrong side of his teammate.
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@SCOTTIE... We definitely agree – and I mean you, me, AND Drew – that defense is where he is most needed and where he is performing best. As Lakerholic so aptly pointed out, Drew has been a beast on defense since the All-Star break. Let’s hope it’s the start of a steady climb to beastliness.
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@LAKERHOLIC.... Right on about the upcoming roadie: San Antonio, Atlanta, Miami, and Dallas. I think we can win all four games if we continue to play like we have the last four. The big key to the rest of the “practice” season might be not going into another complacency-driven swoon after “showing” everybody the “real” Lakers team. Reverse that, I’m going to stick with my 41 game win streak (25 regular season games and 16 playoff games), which means 4 down and 37 to go.
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TOM

MM, can we confirm that this guy wasn't on the court for some games this season?

First thing that crossed my mind seeing the still frame from that video was that they were remaking Jesus Christ Superstar. Pau may not be a looker, but this guy looks a little like Pau meets the Geico caveman.

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LakerTom: Your post about Drew not getting enough touches brought to mind something that I've been noticing for a while now. It seems that when they bring the ball up court, set up for their halfcourt offense at some point a perimeter player, Kobe or Fish usually, look to make a pass. Drew many times is still rasslin' for position, establishing his low-post spot. Lets keep in mind that bigs are going from basket to basket, close to the whole length of the court and they are slower by nature of their 7-foot frames. Guards many times play within the freethrow lines.

Anyways, by the time he centers his weight, turns and asks for a pass they've already started their sequence of play and Drew gets overlooked and goes without a touch (to be fair it happens to Pau and L.O. too - but neither establish as consistently good low-post position as Drew establishes or even hit the low-post as often, especially L.O.).

Phil used to mandate Shaq get his touches, I remember Shaq had that silly saying about feeding the big dog but there is a truth in that. The highest percentage shots a team can get is from inside position, yet repeatedly are they playing a perimeter game or an ISO game as far as Kobe.

The perimeter shots will always be there, and easier ones too if they play an inside-out game. It's a longstanding proven formula for the Lakers, all the way to the Mikan days. I know in the playoffs they will start feeding the post more, but it would be nice to see them start ramping up to the playoffs and playing the right way. Ron Ron to his credit has been coming into the paint since the all-star game, but in general they are settling for 20+ footers on a lot of possessions they haven't even attempted to go to Drew or the bigs.

Seems like basketball 101.


AS ALWAYS - AND FOREVER - GO LAKERS!!!!!!

First thing that crossed my mind seeing the still frame from that video was that they were remaking Jesus Christ Superstar. Pau may not be a looker, but this guy looks a little like Pau meets the Geico caveman.

Posted by: CyberCosmiX | February 28, 2011 at 04:32 PM

HAHAHA!!!...Cyber too funny!!!

You feeling better?

Pau may not be a looker, but this guy looks a little like Pau meets the Geico caveman.

Posted by: CyberCosmiX | February 28, 2011 at 04:32 PM
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Right on target!

I too get extremely frustrated when our team resorts to ISO basketball. It seems like almost everytime this happens, we get off a very low percentage shot. I understandd that sometimes this is necessary because our bigs don't always win the wrestling matches on the box.

When we work the ball around, inside out, as well as around the perimeter, we get much better looks. Sometimes, I think Kobe thinks that his shots are actually higher percentage ones, even when he's covered by two defenders, and shooting a 25 foot fallaway behind the plane of the backboard. Don't get me wrong, I love Kobe's game and beleive he will be in the discussion of GOAT when all is said and done, but he still does take bad shots when he could work it inside.

Pau double?? Watching that guy walk by other people, it's clear that he is maybe 6' 4" or something like that. Pau is a 7-footer. How does anybody mistake the "double" for Pau? I guess there really is a sucker born every minute...

Cyber - I was thinking the same thing. I was dumbfounded that Gasol's play dropped so severely from November to December. This can seriously mean the only explanation I can think of to rationalize. After hearing about this commercial, I can only imagine PJ and his assistants rounding this impersonator up and interrogating him if it was him who snuck into the locker room and pretended he was Pau for that one month

Magia 32,

Anyone being waived is a good catch for the Lakers.......

What does that tell you, we are in the market for junk yard, pick-a-player that's all we can afford due to luxury taxes. In fact, we donated our 1st pick in order to save 9M. I wonder how will the Lakers get out of this logjam on this luxury cap. Will Bibby go for 1M? Troy for .75M and also Kapono for .5M? They do, then come over, we're the bling-bling team while Mitch is the GM for Swap Meet bargain hunting.

iheartkb24: Thanks for asking, I'm feeling like the Lakers played at Cleveland last week. Hoping for a Jazz victory over the C's tonight on NBA TV, maybe watching that will work better than chicken soup and tylenol...


AS ALWAYS - AND FOREVER - GO LAKERS!!!!!!

MM: "I was thinking the same thing. I was dumbfounded that Gasol's play dropped so severely from November to December. This can seriously mean the only explanation I can think of to rationalize. After hearing about this commercial, I can only imagine PJ and his assistants rounding this impersonator up and interrogating him if it was him who snuck into the locker room and pretended he was Pau for that one month"
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ROFL!

Woooah... wait a sec MM. Come to think of it, what if you're onto something here??!?


AS ALWAYS - AND FOREVER - GO LAKERS!!!!!!

"I too get extremely frustrated when our team resorts to ISO basketball. It seems like almost everytime this happens, we get off a very low percentage shot. I understandd that sometimes this is necessary because our bigs don't always win the wrestling matches on the box.

When we work the ball around, inside out, as well as around the perimeter, we get much better looks. Sometimes, I think Kobe thinks that his shots are actually higher percentage ones, even when he's covered by two defenders, and shooting a 25 foot fallaway behind the plane of the backboard. Don't get me wrong, I love Kobe's game and beleive he will be in the discussion of GOAT when all is said and done, but he still does take bad shots when he could work it inside.

Posted by: mclyne | February 28, 2011 at 05:03 PM "

It's definitely hard to make sense of. The passive teammates explanation is usually used for it but that doesn't work for yesterday. Pau, Lamar, Bynum, and even Artest seemed more than willing to score inside.


@CCX..… I say we should have traded Pau’s Double to the Nuggets for Melo. LOL. It might have worked at least until we had to play the Nuggets. I remember Laron Profitt had a physical profile similar to Kobe and I always had to pay attention to the jersey # to know whom I was watching.
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As for the inside-out game and more touches for Drew, I think they will come. I suspect Phil will keep reminding the guys and eventually even mandate it. The key is for Drew to continue to work hard without the ball. I hope his critics have been watching him when he does not have the ball because for a low post player, he is constantly moving, trying to seal his man, spinning for the back door lob, cutting to the hoop. Everybody sees the increased activity level Drew has shown on defense the last four games. What they need to also recognize is how active he has been on offense.
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While intimidating interior defense is Drew’s top priority, his aggressive and active low post offense is also very important. There is nothing that discourages and debilitates a defense more than giving up easy dunks and offensive rebound put backs. Everybody can see that Drew still has not completely recovered the hops, quickness, and athleticism he had before the injury but most don’t realize that that he is actually playing better than he did when he was fully healthy. He has compensated for his physical limitations by focusing first on defense and rebounding and playing harder and smarter.
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When you look at this team with perspective as Jerry Buss and Mitch Kupchak do, you realize what a terrific asset you have in 23-year old budding superstar Andrew Bynum, especially since the core of the team is getting older. Combine the maturity, composure, confidence, and energy Drew has shown since the All-Star break with the above-the-rim hops, quickness, and athleticism of the pre-injury Andrew Bynum and we may well have that illusive franchise player to succeed Kobe Bryant when he finally hangs up his sneakers. A Bigger, Badder, and Better Beast to welcome in the post-Phil era.
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TOM

@mclyne - "Sometimes, I think Kobe thinks that his shots are actually higher percentage ones, even when he's covered by two defenders, and shooting a 25 foot fallaway behind the plane of the backboard."

Perhaps exaggerated, but only by a tiny-tiny bit. Yes, the only realistic explanation for Kobe's occasionally over-optimistic shot-selection processes is that deep-down at his core KB truly thinks that in those late-game pressure situations his occasionally wild-ass turn-around, fallaway flings have at least as good a chance of being made as any shot any of his teammates could put up there.

Yes, it often makes me scream "NO,KOBE,NO!!!" at my TV screen. When they go in all I can do is smile and shake my head and try to find where I just threw my remote control.

ADD to my last comment: Fortunately for the Lakers (and their fans)some of KB's teammates have become fairly proficient at estimating where the miss might end up (Pau & Ron-Ron in last year's play-offs).

@LRob- I agree with your post about Dallas being more formidable against us than the Spurs, as far as matchup goes.

Ask yourself a honest question LRob- Does anything Dallas has done this year, make you think anything's going to be that different?

Bounced out of the first round 3 out of the last 4 years. Who's guarding Kobe at the end of a game 6? Caron Butler, don't think so. Love the way he wants to come back, he's not going to be in any kind of shape to guard Kobe. No way.

I'm not convinced about Dallas, LRob, they need to show me that they are for real. I'm looking at the standings, Denver, Portland, Memphis, any one of these teams have the matchups to beat Dallas.

That's why they play the game.

@LakerTom - I second your above comments to CCX about Drew Bynum. To give up and trade him away would probably be one of the biggest mistakes in Laker history. There is no way that bringing in ANY 3-Forward or 2-Guard would give the Lakers the type of NBA-finals potential or positioning that Andrew Bynum's presence gives them. We probably would not see another NBA title flag added to Staples Center during Kobe Bryant's career, and that would be a real shame. With Bryant and a center like Bynum that title potential is there every single year as long as you have a reasonably talented, good-fitting supporting cast.

Okay that was kinda creepy...sort of stalkerish...

I sure hope that he can play better defense than the real Pau, because he sure needs to get a whole lot better at defense before the play offs. Now don't get me wrong I am a true LAKER from way back because when my son was born and the doctor saw that he was PURPLE he called for help but all he wanted was the YELLOW blancket that I was still holding so I hope that someone will help Pau with his defense and I mean QUICK.


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