Pau Gasol will never forget how Kevin Garnett belittled and humiliated him when he entered the league with with sharp words and sharper elbows. Gasol hates Garnett for it, they will tell you.
There is a visceral disdain that is stayed with the Los Angeles Lakers star, an obsession that goes beyond beating Garnett, but embarrassing him.
When Gasol grabbed a rebound over Garnett late in the Lakers’ 102-89 Game 1 victory, missed a shot, grabbed the ball again and laid it into the basket, he could not help himself. Out of nowhere, out of character, Gasol flexed his arms and screamed into the Staples Center din. It was an unmistakable mimic of K.G., a sarcastic ode to a bully he vows will never take his lunch money again.