Black and white digital painting of Pau Gasol. Back in the day, when Pau was playing for Memphis and KG was still in Minny, I was not a big fan of Gasol’s. No reason in particular other than he was a dominant power forward who always played Garnett tough. Basically the same reason I used to hate Duncan and Nowitzki as well. Since KG was traded to Boston, I’ve started to root for Pau more and more. He’s obviously a great player, but from what I’ve seen he’s a better person, very thoughtful and passionate about life. And today, he won the NBA’s J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for his off the court service and dedication to his community. Well deserved.