I have seen many basketball videos in my day. Mostly ones with incredible shots, buzzer beaters, and ridiculous blocked shots. One video that was brought to my attention yesterday by my good friend Dom Abramo (Viva!) that I had never seen was this one. Pau Gasol, all 7 feet and 250 pounds of him, running the fast break like he should be on the AND 1 team. Maybe he should start his own Spanish AND 1 team and travel the globe. Now that would be something to watch.
Note that the defender does a complete 360 as he is trying to defend the play. Pau makes him look ridiculous. Also, Pau not only adds his behind the back and no-look flair to the play, he also makes the pass and just starts heading down the other end of the court to play D, knowing that Ariza is going to throw it down.
When I saw this video, I laughed so hard and was incredibly amazed. I know Pau is a very skilled player and a great pass, mostly in the post. However, his ability to run the break from time to time is such a great rarity that never fails to catch my attention.
If you happened to catch last night’s pivotal game 5 between the Lakers and Nuggets, Pau left his mark on one of, if not the biggest play of the game when he came up with a steal and lead the break for a ridiculous dunk by Shannon Brown over Chris “Birdman” Anderson, who had been swatting shots away all game prior to Brown’s dunk. Watch Pau in action once more…
The great play by Gasol and Brown changed the momentum of the entire game and led to a Lakers victory.
If you could have any 7 footer running the break on your team, who would it be and why? Pau is included.