Gheradini: "I would call it more of an adjustment a player needs to make"
Old 06-08-2010, 10:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Interesting article in the New York Times. It's about Gasol and how he's been labeled soft his entire career and discusses the difference between the two games. Considering we discuss (ad nauseum) about this with Bargnani it's interesting to see the perspectives.

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Gasol’s game is regularly described as beautiful, elegant and feathery — words that might better describe a comforter — and occasionally deemed soft. It is sad, Gasol said, that the word routinely comes up, as it plays to the stereotype of the international basketball player.

“It seems like a given,” Gasol said. “ ‘O.K., you’re from here and you’re soft.’ It’s a little confusing sometimes.”

Some international stars — like Gasol and the German power forward Dirk Nowitzki — are known for having complete games instead of hard-nosed ones. Others, like Darko Milicic of Serbia, Nikoloz Tskitishvili of Georgia and Yaroslav Korolev of Russia, were first-round draft picks whose N.B.A. careers fell far below expectations. And a few, like Gasol’s brother, Marc, who went to the Memphis Grizzlies in Pau’s trade to the Lakers, do not shy away from contact.

“I would call it more of an adjustment a player needs to make,” said Maurizio Gherardini, a Toronto Raptors executive and a former general manager of the Italian basketball team Benetton Treviso. “It’s the same difference you sometimes see when Americans struggle with the different play at the Olympics. International basketball is less physical because, generally speaking, it does not have the same type of athletes that the N.B.A. offers. It’s a different kind of game. You can do more things from a technical aspect than you can do in the N.B.A.”

He added: “It’s different, but it’s the same. That’s the beauty of the game.”
And Hubie Brown:

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“I get annoyed when people say he was soft,” said Brown, now an analyst for ESPN. “What he was, was not ready for the pounding you take in the N.B.A. and the lack of respect with the noncalls that hurts these types of guys.”
A Different Gasol Shows Up for These Finals - NYTimes.com
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Old 06-08-2010, 12:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Love that more and more former coaches, refs etc are coming forth and being honest about the silliness that goes on in the NBA with non-calls and "respect" calls.

I long for the day where the game is called by robots and camera's.
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He seemed to be getting a few respect calls in the last game.

I like the line of Maurizio's concerning how Pau has always been determined. Very true. And that's what I've constantly found missing with Andrea.
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He seemed to be getting a few respect calls in the last game.

I like the line of Maurizio's concerning how Pau has always been determined. Very true. And that's what I've constantly found missing with Andrea.
I agree. I also find that missing with Bosh on defence.
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I agree. I also find that missing with Bosh on defence.
I would agree to an extent in the past. Certainly not last season. He was extremely determined and often had that determination killed with other players not contributing. Even going back for years, Bosh has been determined to grab rebounds. If there was a shot changed by another player, he was going to be there to grab the board, especially following his failure to do so against Varajao a few years back. Meanwhile Bargnani, looks all too satisfied to just get a hand on the ball. Bosh changed a lot of shots, from his own man and when helping on the perimeter, and far too many of those possessions ended with easy put-backs.

Bosh also clearly showed that he was capable and determined to guard more than just his own man. And I kept noticing Bargnani unable to keep track of both his man and the ball, let alone another player as well. And considering that he was standing straight up on so many possessions, I would have to say a lack of determination was a big factor in that.

There was a stretch where Andrea did show some good determination, and I loved it. It was very hard to say that Bosh was even just a mediocre defender during those games, because the results came along with the effort. In fact it made the whole team look much improved on that end, as you would expect with such a team-oriented facet of the game. But we are talking about a handful of games. Why? The drop-off should never be so steep with any player. And yeah - I guess I'll admit that because of that inexcusable lack of consistent determination, I'm going to have a hard time seeing anything good that he does without thinking it's just yet another little tease. Chris Bosh is a long ways off from that sort of perceptual problem, so don't even try to make the comparison.
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Old 06-08-2010, 07:18 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Gasol is soft. Nothing new here.
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Gasol is one of the toughest players I've ever seen. You can't blame him for not being able to push Shaq.
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Gasol isn't a soft player he has determination and especially with the right team is very gritty saw it the the Phoenix Series and in the Boston Series.
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Old 06-09-2010, 09:53 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Gasol soft??? He's one of the toughest players around.
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