Los Angeles Lakers big man Pau Gasol blasted interpretations of his comments about aging as a pointed criticism of Celtics star Kevin Garnett, calling the manipulation of his words "pretty pathetic."
On Friday, Gasol was asked how he and Garnett have both changed since Gasol joined the NBA in 2001. The 7-foot Spaniard gave a detailed answer, saying both players have lost explosiveness through natural aging and have adjusted their games accordingly.
Later in the day, Gasol was stunned to hear his words clipped into insults to Garnett and the Celtics.
“Insult? No, ‘insult’ is a strong word,” Garnett said. “I feel like a lot of times what I’m hearing is just personal observation. I don’t think it’s going at my character, or judging my character.”