Pau Gasol says he's optimistic there will be an NBA season
This is the third post in an occasional series of Q&As with Lakers forward Pau Gasol, who is in the FIBA European Championships. Below is his email exchange with The Times.
What are your plans after the European Championships should the NBA lockout persist?
I will think about that after I finish playing this tournament, not before. I am now focused on the championship.
Would you be interested in playing overseas or entertaining any specific offers?
I am not thinking about that right now. I have not dismissed any options yet.
Do you think there will be an NBA season?
I hope so. It's good for everybody to have an NBA season. I'm optimistic that there will be an agreement and there will be a season, I hope it's just a matter of time.
What are your thoughts on Mike Brown becoming the Lakers' coach?
He has proven his value and I look forward to be coached by him. When we get together as a team, it'll be an exciting time.
He talked about his plan to involve you and Andrew Bynum in an offense similar to the one the Spurs ran featuring Tim Duncan and David Robinson when he was an assistant coach for three seasons. It would feature more activity in the high post and more pick-and-rolls. How do you see yourself fitting into that new offense?
I have played for many different coaches both in the NBA and in Europe, and I have good fundamentals both defensively and offensively. If there's more activity, there won't be a problem at all. The most important thing though is always involving the whole team and getting as much as possible from every player. We have a powerful interior game, and we need to produce at a high level.
What’s the key to making that offense work?
We will see when the season starts and we have a chance to start working on it. Little by little. One day at a time.
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Pau Gasol in action with the Spanish team at the European Championships. Credit: Valda Kalinina / EPA