Pau Gasol did o.k. in his debut with the Chicago Bulls. He tallied 22 points and 11 rebounds in a victory over the New York Knicks.
No wonder Carmelo Anthony tried to get him to join the Bockers. Melo went 5-13 in his Triangle Offense debut, but his team suffered a 104-80 shellacking.
Contenders like the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs made desperate attempts to convince Gasol to sign for less money as the final piece of their championship puzzles. The Bulls were ultimately the team that impressed Gasol enough to accept a less lucrative contract than the Los Angeles Lakers offered.
With the return of Derrick Rose, along with Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson in the front-court, Pau Gasol may have again landed in the right place at the right time.