Pau Gasol Put LeBron James In The Spin Cycle With This Deft Play

They shooting passing? Nah, made you look

Paul Gasol has clearly been reinvigorated by his move to Chicago, and if you can’t tell by watching him on a nightly basis–even during the Bulls’ current slide, in which they’ve lost 6-of-8 games, causing Derrick Rose to say things like this–the proof is in the pudding. In 60 games with the Lakers last sesaon, Gasol averaged just over 17 points and just under 10 rebounds per game. In his first year as a Bull, he’s currently averaging a double-double (roughly 19 points and 11 rebounds to go along with 3 assists) per game, not to mention scoring a career-high 46 points last week against the Bucks. Most often joke that Pau is a less-edgier, more finesse-heavy version of his brother Marc Gasol, who’s currently also playing some of the best basketball of his career in Memphis, but some of Pau’s play this season speaks to the contrary.

LeBron James was a witness to that last night.

Pau handled the ball just above the free throw line, and faked LeBron out of his shoes with a pump fake to Jimmy Butler. To top it off, Gasol drove to the rack and threw it down right in front of the newest Cavalier, Timofey Mozgov. Cavs win, but LeBron won’t like watching this particular reel of game film. Nope, not at all.