Marc Gasol Earns Big Brother’s Praise

SAN ANTONIO — The backyard battles between the Gasol brothers growing up in Barcelona were lively and sometimes contentious.

“We always liked playing 1-on-1,” said Lakers forward Pau Gasol following Wednesday’s shootaround. “We were always very competitive when we played and we did put in a lot of effort on defense.”

That effort turned younger brother Marc Gasol of the Grizzles into the 2013 Defensive Player of the Year.

“It’s a great award to receive, great recognition, great accomplishment for him and I’m just very proud of what he’s been able to do and what he’s become as a player and a person,” Pau said. “I’m a proud big brother.

“He gets it done on both ends of the floor. He’s a great anchor for their team. On the defensive end, he gets a lot of deflections, a lot of steals, gets blocks. He makes critical defensive plays and helps them be the defensive team that they are.”

ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy said recently that whoever taught the Gasol players the game should be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

“You’ve got to give the credit to a lot of people,” Pau said. “We had a lot of coaches growing up. We paid attention to the fundamentals of the game, ballhandling, passing, court awarenesss, team ball. That’s what we’ve been taught since we were little and have been able to absorb it really well and put it to practice. Also the values that our parents taught us were also crucial as far as being humble and hard workers and respectful.”

Naturally, the question was posed of which of them is a better defender.

“Apparently Marc,” Pau said chuckling. “He has always been more of a hard-nosed player, does more of the dirty work. He has a bigger body and can be a little more physical and more effective with it.

“I’m not discontent with my ability to defend…When we had our championships I had to defend and I usually defended the best post-up player and was very successful and got some All-Defensive team votes a couple of years.

“But I’m not gonna take any credit for (the award). Marc has just grown into a magnificent player all around. Defense, offense and quietly, under the radar and I’m glad he’s getting the recognition he deserves.”

With the Lakers and Grizzlies in the same half of the Western Conference bracket, the brothers could meet in the next round of the playoffs if they advance.

“It would be a pretty amazing feeling,” Pau said. “I wish that would happen. We’re both in a disadvantaged position at this point this year. They’re down 2-0 against a team playing well and they took a really tough hit in Game 2, losing that way. And we’re playing against San Antonio. It is what it is. It’s a nice thought that we’ll continue to pursue.”

10 Comments

  1. bebecece says:

    just a lot of haters out there, can yall just be happy for Marc…the man deserves it… Geezzz

  2. wowohoo says:

    am i dreaming? Marc Gasol is not in the first defensive team (>,<)
    What about sanders averaging 3bpg? – Serge Ibaka? – Tim Duncun? – Dwight howard? – Roy Hibert? – De Andre?
    they are so many players out there who deserve it ..

  3. DodgersLakersTrojansAllDay says:

    “With the Lakers and Grizzlies in the same half of the Western Conference bracket, the brothers could meet in the next round of the playoffs if they advance.”

    Umm, no Fran, they are not. They’re actually in opposite halves of the Western Conference bracket which means they wouldn’t be able to meet until the Western Conference Finals.

  4. dink says:

    totally well deserved , I was thinking Thabo sefolosha on the thunder doesn’t get enough love for this award but no problem at all with marc gasol winning it , he’s the anchor of the one of the best defenses in the league and arguably the best center in the league

  5. theholyspectator says:

    the only trophy hell be shinning up this year

  6. amitpal says:

    Can we please get better judges for the awards. How does marc gasol get dpoy? I think it should have been serge ibaka. The grizzlies arent even aa good of a defensive team as everyone makes it out to be. The reason they give up the least amount of points is because they play slow. If they played faster they would give up more point. The grizs also have some very good defenders in tony allen prince and conley. They r a defensive minded team thats not as good as everyome thinks and the clippers r proving that right now. Serge ibaka on the other hand has one of the fastest team in nba become one othe best e if not the best defensive team. The thunder play so fast yet they dont give up to many points. And if not serge than chandler is omce again an option or lebron or even dwight again. The lakers r one of the slowest team in the nba and yet they actually have played good defense when dwight has been healthy.

    • dattebayo says:

      Marc Gasol is a legit candidate for DPOY and the Grizzlies have the 2nd best defense in the league. Roy Hibbert and Tim Duncan are also great candidates, but neither played as many minutes as Gasol. Joahkim Noah missed too many games and for some odd reason everyone values Centers higher on defense than wing players. Iguodala and George had legit cases for DPOY, too.

      http://espn.go.com/nba/hollinger/teamstats/_/sort/defensiveEff/order/false

      Last year was a joke. Tyson Chandler only received that award because the Knicks were suddenly much better on defense. Can’t imagine, Woodson, Shumpert, Jeffries and Fields had anything to do with that, it was all Chandler seemingly.

      • Mutually says:

        Well he did have a huge point differential from when he was on/off the bench that kept showing up on NBA’s stats. That and Dallas completely collapsed on defense. Props to you for giving credit to players like Jeffries and Fields and coach Woodson. Those guys do play/know defense really well.

      • AM says:

        And what about Chandler winning DPOY and then, Howard being the centre in the First All defensive team? What a joke

    • McLovin' says:

      The advanced stats are adjusted for pace using points per possession, in which the Grizzles were 2nd in the reg. season