Teammates defend Pau Gasol

Knicks' Stoudemire is latest to label Lakers' center "soft," triggering some to speak up

Updated: April 6, 2011, 10:45 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol is a four-time All-Star and two-time NBA champion, but opponents continue to choose the same word to identify the 7-foot Spaniard: soft.

The latest to make the claim is the New York Knicks' Amare Stoudemire.

Making a recent public appearance at a Foot Locker retail store, Stoudemire was asked what it was like to play against Gasol, with the emcee noting Gasol's "soft" reputation as part of the query.

"He's still soft," ...

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