Jul 18, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau (left) and general manager Gar Forman (right) pose for a photo with newly signed center Pau Gasol during a press conference at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Magic Johnson: Pau Gasol felt mistreated

Despite remaining incredibly classy and professional throughout the entirety of his tenure in LA and the free agency process, Pau Gasol never recovered from constant trade talk, criticism, and mis-use, all according to Magic Johnson.

Johnson talked with the media yesterday following Byron Scott‘s press conference and revealed the conversation that the two former Lakers shared. Gasol was constantly in the middle of trade talks despite being a vital part of three Finals runs. He was apart of the vetoed Chris Paul trade, and was seemingly moments away numerous times from being dealt, most recently this past February when the Cleveland Cavaliers and Lakers were deeply engaged in talks.

On top of that, Gasol was the victim of much criticism from fans and even his own head coach Mike D’Antoni. After being cast into a role unsuitable for his play style, D’Antoni criticized Gasol in the media in his first season in LA. His benching later in the season didn’t help matters, and while the two remained civil throughout, the war of words carried on into last season.

Rather predictably, Gasol did not return to the Lakers, both due to his treatment and his eagerness to join a contender, which the Lakers are not. Still, the general consensus is that Gasol will be back in the Staples Center one day, likely to have his jersey retired and hung in the rafters at the end of his career.

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