Lakers' Gasol: Hardened veteran

It's redemption time for a big man who's had to contend with unsavory labels

Updated: June 6, 2010, 11:44 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

He's different. That much you can tell the first time you meet him. You're trying to introduce yourself to Pau Gasol and he's the one shaking your hand and asking your name like it's important to him.

The first time the Los Angeles Lakers passed through Memphis after the league-changing trade that brought him from Beale Street to Hollywood in 2008, he was asked about the homecoming. He picked out Ron Tillery, who covered him for the Memphis Commercial Appeal, in the back of the crowd ...

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