Pau Gasol didn’t need the Spurs. He had a Hall of Fame-worthy resume before he set foot in the home locker room of the AT&T Center. Money wasn’t really an issue, not after being one of the highest paid players in the league for years. Sure, he was at the tail end of his career, but he was an All-Star two years in a row before arriving in San Antonio. Pau Gasol didn’t need the Spurs, which was reason enough to be skeptical about how he’d fit with them.
LaMarcus Aldridge is in the middle of an unexpected bounce back season. He’s having a career year as a scorer, averaging almost 23 points a game on the highest True Shooting percentage he has ever posted. He’s done it with no clear-cut second option on a slow, throwback team. He’s made tough shot after tough shot to prop up a Spurs’ offense that has no business being on the top half of the league after missing Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard for the better part of two months.
Pounders, welcome to the newly updated weekly Spurs discussion group. This week’s contributors Mark Barrington, Marilyn Dubinski, Jesus Gomez, Bruno Passos, and JR Wilco will tackle issues specific to the Spurs bringing a specific viewpoint from their specialties as writers. Without further ado, let’s get started:Mark Barrington: LaMarcus Aldridge plus a bunch of role players would end up fourth in the Wesbt, because everyone knows their roles and performs admirably.
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