Pau Gasol Supposes He’s OK with Dwight Howard Considering Free-Agency Options

Pau Gasol is the type of guy who'd give a positive review after a botched root canal. So when he responded to questions about the way Dwight Howard is handling his current free agency with some lukewarm answers, it said a lot about how frustrated the Spaniard must really be.

According to Sam Amick of USA Today, Gasol said:

"Dwight is looking at his options, and there's nothing wrong with that, I guess. I'm not him. I'm not in his position, but I guess it all starts with his decision and I'm sure the franchise is waiting to see whether he decides to sign (with the Lakers) or sign with somebody else, I guess."

Let's (over)analyze. Gasol uses the term "I guess" on two separate occasions in the span of three sentences, distances himself from the decision-making process Howard is using by saying "I'm not him" and alludes to the fact that the Los Angeles Lakers are stuck in an annoying holding pattern until D12 makes up his mind.

I'd say it sounds like there's some frustration beneath the surface. Wouldn't you?

Contrast Gasol's tepid response to the unfailingly positive attitude he displays on Twitter and the difference becomes pretty obvious.

Loving his former team (for which his brother now plays) is one thing. But praising both squads in the contest is another. This guy likes everyone.

He can even appreciate a team that has been among the Lakers' chief rivals for the past decade. Gasol's positivity does not discriminate.

In fact, even when looking at a three-month rehab after surgery on both knees, Gasol's mood is stuck on "stoked."

Perhaps most incredibly, he's still capable of sending good vibes to the guy who has put him through a confusing praise-abuse-praise cycle for years.

If he can remain friends with Kobe Bryant after all he's been through, it really says something that he's showing signs of anger toward ...

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