El ex jugador y comentarista Eddie Johnson hace cada año, antes de comenzar la temporada, un listado de los mejores 25 jugadores de la NBA en la próxima temporada, basándose en la anterior. El mejor, para él, es Lebron James, seguido de Kobe Bryant, pero en el top ten, aparece nuestro Pau, del que dice esto:
10. Pau Gasol (15)
Ok, I was wrong! I was not a big fan of the player I called the Poodle during the Celtic-Lakers Finals last year. He moves up five spots because he is the best fundamentally sound seven-footer in the league next to Tim Duncan. Gasol’s footwork is textbook and he has a great left hand that makes him virtually impossible to guard one-on-one. He showed me everything he had to in last year’s playoffs. He showed toughness, savvy, leadership and offensive consistency even when he did not touch the ball for minutes at a time. Kobe won without Shaq, but he would not have sniffed the Finals without Gasol. So I will retire the Poodle nickname and name him The Machine. The Lakers team already had that nickname for a player, but Sasha Vujacic doesn’t deserve it.