Pau Gasol left Lakers because of severe mistreatment, says Magic

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LA Lakers are going through a process of upheaval at the moment, as the perennial NBA champions aim to get back to their glory days.

After firing Mike D'Antoni, Lakers hired their new coach Byron Scott last week. And when you add departures and new signings, it is has been quite a hectic summer for the Lakers already.

But it's one specific departure, and the reasons behind it, that had Lakers legend Magic Johnson spilling his findings out this past week.

The chat

It was revealed that while former Lakers star Pau Gasol was deciding on his future this offseason, he sat down with Magic for a chat. Now the conversation wasn't a pitch by Magic to Gasol about how he should stay with the Lakers. Rather, Magic was just listening to what Gasol had to say before spilling the beans to NBA insider Serena Winters.

"Yesterday, Magic said he had a long conversation w/ Pau Gasol before he ultimately made his decision to continue career in Chicago," Winters tweeted on Wednesday.

"Magic: "He (Pau) was really hurt by the way he was treated. Specifically how he was mis-used last year, "He could never get over that.""


It's pretty brutal information for Lakers fans to take. For most, losing Gasol is not something that they wanted. And to find out that he was so uncomfortable during his time in LA that he was desperate to leave must be hard to take for some fans.

Gasol's despondency during the 2013-14 NBA season is just one of the many reasons for why last season was terrible for the Lakers.

2013/14 woes 

Injuries to veteran stars Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash set the Lakers back, and despite having a solid season, Pau Gasol never displayed his true capabilities.

Now Gasol is in Chicago with the Bulls, Lakers fans can only hope that the new regime with Byron Scott will treat stars such as new signing Jeremy Lin better. If anything, this revelation could provide a red letter moment for the historic franchise that stops them spiralling further down the NBA. But that will only happen if the 16-time NBA champions learn from their disastrous mistake.

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