Being a professional athlete you are automatically in the public’s eye. They have to be careful for their actions, words and approach on and off the court. For San Antonio Spurs’ Pau Gasol, he understands the media and had a perfect take, “You guys have your job and we have to do our job.”
Pau Gasol is in his first season with the San Antonio Spurs after signing with the team as a free agent during the offseason. He has always been accommodating with the media no matter where he is playing and quickly gave his own thoughts.
Listen to Pau’s philosophy on dealing with the media…my new favorite Spur. pic.twitter.com/VaHPvp631B
— Casey Keirnan (@CaseyKeirnan) November 29, 2016
Just like the players, the media has to watch what they say or how they say it or it can be taken out of context.
Gasol also understands stating, “Sometimes your job is to say what you think, what you feel, what you see out there, and we might not agree with those things at times, but again that is the part of this business.”
A business that it is, there is still a sense of professionalism that needs to be carried on from both the media and the athletes.
It is good to have an opinion about someones play, you may get some heat for doing so but that is your job, at least then, you know you have readers and like basketball players, you will have hecklers too.
Towards the end, Gasol simply put it that they are all in this together, the media, the players. Players spend more time with the guys holding microphones, recorders any piece of equipment just to get a word, a sound bite rather than their families.
Simply put, everyone has to work together be constructive about the matter and go on from there.
But credit Pau, he has always been very accommodating with the media throughout his time in the league. A rarity among players.