Pau Gasol at beach
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The personal side of Pau Gasol

Pau Gasol at beach
Pau Gasol takes in the sun and cool ocean breeze during a visit to the Hermosa Beach Pier. Other favorite activities of the Lakers center include staying home, relaxing, watching basketball games and movies. “I’ve gone to a couple of concerts,” he said. (Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times)
Pau Gasol haircut
Jen Ray trims Pau Gasol’s long locks at a barbershop in Hermosa Beach. As for his trademark beard? “That’s kind of my look,” he said. “That’s kind of what I’m comfortable with and the way it’s been for the last three years or so.” (Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times)
Pau Gasol autograph
Pau Gasol, signing an autograph for a fan at the Cheesecake Factory, knows that fame can be fleeting. “In this business you can’t get too comfortable,” he said. “Any day, any time your situation can change just like that.” (Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times)
Pau Gasol with father
Pau Gasol enjoys a meal with his father, Agusti, at the Cheesecake Factory in Marina del Rey. Agusti, who is a nurse, was in town for a visit. Says Gasol, whose mother is a doctor, “I’ve always been very identified with medicine and science. It goes back 15 years. If you asked me what I wanted to become, I would have said a scientist.” (Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times)
Pau Gasol on bench
Lakers center Pau Gasol shares a laugh with All-Star guard Kobe Bryant during a game March 7 against the Clippers at Staples Center. Gasol’s easy-going nature has allowed him to blend quickly with his new teammates. “The triangle offense is a lot about having a good b-ball IQ and understanding what goes on on the floor and using certain fundamentals, the ability to move with and without the ball, the ability to pass and make the right decision,” he said. “Usually, I’m that kind of player and I’ve been that kind of player for my career. It works out perfectly for my skills.” (Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times)
Pau Gasol, Dirk Nowitzki
Center Pau Gasol, making a move against Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki in an April 4 game, proved to be just what the Lakers needed late in the season after Andrew Bynum was injured. The Lakers went 5-1 after Gasol joined the team during a critical nine-game road trip. (Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times)
Pau Gasol at home
Pau Gasol kicks back and surfs the Internet at his Marina del Rey apartment. Gasol is staying there until the home he purchased is remodeled. Gasol said he prefers to get his news from the web. “I don’t watch much TV news.” (Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times)