Gasol Expected ‘Changes’ if Series Lost
The flight home from Denver was short but miserable. The day in between Game 6 and Game 7 was a blur. Nothing needed to be said to any of the Lakers players.
A loss to the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the playoffs was unacceptable for a team this talented. Changes would be made, and not just cosmetic ones this time.
Outlandish as his comments were, Magic Johnson only vocalized what they all knew.
“If we would’ve lost tonight, then probably some changes were going to be made,” Pau Gasol said solemnly after the Lakers closed out a rugged 96-87 win Saturday night.
Had the Lakers lost , most likely he would be the guy on his way out. The piece the organization would use to land the piece that would fix what had gone wrong for the second year in a row.
He’s always known that. It wasn’t until Saturday night that he revealed how deeply he’d come to accept that fate.