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The Painted Area: Pau Gasol – from MVP to Trade Bait (5/9/11)

After starting off the season appearing ready to assume the position as the Lakers’ alpha dog, Pau Gasol’s fall from grace proceeded gradually during the 2010-11 season. That fall culminated with a puzzling, weak performance against the Dallas Mavericks, a major contributor to the Lakers being swept out of the playoffs. M. Haubs, of the TrueHoops’ blog The Painted Area, reviews what happened to Pau and where the Lakers need to go from here.

A quick excerpt:

“So far, the 2011 NBA Playoffs have delivered just about everything one can ask for in the event: competitive games and series, with some unexpected results; superior individual performances and plays; compelling storylines.

In particular, the main overarching storyline which continues to develop is a thorough changing of the guard, as eras of championship contention appear to be ending for the Spurs, the Lakers and possibly the Celtics all at once…”

Read the full article here…

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