Tomorrow’s story tonight …
Is he going to Houston? Is he going to Orlando? Is he going to Chicago?
Or is he staying in Los Angeles?
Pau Gasol went to the one place he knew he could forget about his own worries and think about somebody else’s troubles for a change. After the Lakers arrived Monday in Memphis, he went to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital to visit some sick kids.
Coach Mike Brown tagged along with the Lakers’ power forward.
“You can’t really get away from it too much,” Gasol said Tuesday of the many trade rumors swirling around him with the deadline approaching Thursday at noon (PDT). “This year has been pretty intense as far as the uncertainty.
“My situation and how it’s going to end up and play out, I really don’t know. But I still come in and love what I do. I love being here (playing with the Lakers) and I’ll continue to do that for as long as I can.”
Gasol began visiting St. Jude’s during his rookie season with Memphis and his mother and father, both in the medical profession at home in their native Spain, came to work at the hospital. Marc Gasol of the Grizzlies, Pau’s brother, has joined them.
Brown said he was only too happy to go along for a visit. He called meeting the children a “humbling experience.” He also marveled at Gasol’s ability to block out his concerns about a possible trade, particularly with the deadline so close.
“He’s been impressive on the floor,” Brown said of Gasol. “He’s been impressive off the floor. You just appreciate it when you have guys like that. There’s not a single thing I could say that is negative or anything like that when it comes to Pau.”