As always, though, there remain the easy go-to caveats created by the presence of the Bulls organization’s go-to excuse: former head coach Tom Thibodeau.
Gasol’s assist percentage dipped considerably in his first year with Chicago, in ways that can’t be blamed on poor Bulls perimeter shooting.
Nikola Mirotic (whom Thibodeau also failed, routinely, for long stretches of 2014-15) entering his second year, it seems fitting to slide the youngster into the starting lineup, right?Marc Gasol in a return to the Memphis Grizzlies team that traded for him on the night of the 2001 NBA draft." data-reactid="53"Whether Pau stays for the duration of the Fred Hoiberg Administration, however, is entirely up to him.If it were up to his brother, he’d be joining Marc Gasol in a return to the Memphis Grizzlies team that traded for him on the night of the 2001 NBA Europa Press, via Hoopshype:" data-reactid="54" “It’s not impossible that one day we could play together.In a move that should have basketball purists clapping their aging, callous-ridden hands and Chicago Bulls fans wincing, Bulls forward/center Joakim Noah pointed out Wednesday that he’d like one more shot at playing big, starter-level minutes with center/forward Pau Gasol.[Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball]" data-reactid="23"Blaming a knee injury that clearly kept him playing far from his best ball for all of 2014-15, Gasol told Chicago media that a fresh start would do his team well. Which is ironic, because if anyone would have the room to squirm about starting next to the other, it would be Noah. Johnson at the Chicago Tribune: You’ll notice, unless K. is omitting something (and he wouldn’t), that Gasol stopped short of the same sort of, “Yeah, let me get back to playing with Noah again” sentiment.Memphis cut the advantage to single-digits only once the rest of the way, with about eight minutes left. Doesn't matter who shoots it, they just throw the ball to the open man. The Spurs answered with the next six points, including four from Tony Parker to take the lead to 91-76 with about six minutes to go. "When you watch them play, it's amazing that it is so unique to our league. "It sounds so simple, but it's the way the game is supposed to be played." Marc Gasol led the Grizzlies with 18 points and seven rebounds, while Deyonta Davis added 12 points. I think he has two more years in Chicago and I think it’s difficult that he would leave the team, I wouldn’t like it. ” Pau Gasol could actually have just one more year on his contract.But for us, and for Memphis to add someone like Pau, it would be unbelievable. He could decide to opt out of just under .8 million next summer, in an offseason where the free-agent class is slim and just about every team will have a chance to give Gasol a significant upgrade in salary.To let Gasol be a one-man show off of a suddenly thin (with Taj Gibson recovering from major ankle surgery, and one bench swingman needed to start to cover for the injured Mike Dunleavy) Chicago bench?" data-reactid="44"Now, with Noah hopefully healthy, Gasol a year older, and Nikola Mirotic (whom Thibodeau also failed, routinely, for long stretches of 2014-15) entering his second year, it seems fitting to slide the youngster into the starting lineup, right? Bulls fans who recoiled at new coach Fred Hoiberg’s recent quote about wanting to “play through Pau a lot” don’t have to just assume that he’ll once again turn him into the focal point of a staid (even “staid” is too flashy a word) Brian Hill-type offense.