Remember how Pau's brother Marc was included in the deal?
And remember how everyone thought the Grizzlies sold their souls in giving up Pau?
Well, guess which Gasol made the Western Conference All-Star team?
By now, you should know. Marc Gasol is an All-Star. Pau is not. Advantage Grizzlies.
I know what you're thinking. It's just a meaningless game that features no defense and even less teamwork. And you're right.
But to the players, it means something. Especially when it comes to the reserves, who are actually selected by NBA coaches -- as opposed to the starters, who are voted in by 13-year olds or those fans in other countries who rarely see an actual game.
So being a starter is nothing special. Being a reserve, however, means you're really catching the eyes of the people who count.
Mostly, the fact the coaches selected Marc Gasol over Pau tells you we shouldn't be so quick to judge a trade. While Pau and the Lakers still have the better team (not by much), Marc and the ...