NBA季後賽》無私巨塔,Marc Gasol

TORONTO, ONTARIO - MAY 25: Marc Gasol #33 of the Toronto Raptors high fives fans as he walks off the court after defeating the Milwaukee Bucks 100-94 in game six of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals to advance to the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena on May 25, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ONTARIO - MAY 25: Marc Gasol #33 of the Toronto Raptors high fives fans as he walks off the court after defeating the Milwaukee Bucks 100-94 in game six of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals to advance to the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena on May 25, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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「你不覺得Marc Gasol加入後,我們的球權轉移變流暢了嗎?」暴龍總教練Nick Nurse說。對於這樣的看法,暴龍隊助理教練、也是西班牙國家隊教練Sergio Scariolo,也十分認同。「他很可能是這支球隊不曾有過的球員類型。」Scariolo說,「他是個很棒的傳球者,甚至有著優秀的直覺,能比多數隊友與對手早一步察覺他們的想法,這讓他能夠在場上搶得先機。」

今年2月,是Gasol第一次在NBA生涯中遭到交易,但加入一支新球隊,卻不見他生澀的一面。能夠如此迅速融入新環境,不只是因為Gasol有著多面向的球技,更得歸功於Gasol從小的成長過程與在曼菲斯融入全新職業聯賽的經歷。

Jonnie West曾經在學生時期與Gasol當過隊友,而前者大名鼎鼎的父親,改變了Gasol的籃球觀念。「籃球中最美麗的技藝就是傳球。」Jonnie的父親Jerry West曾說過的這句話,不斷在Gasol腦海中迴盪。經過越來越多的籃球經驗,Gasol發現傳球最美麗的並不僅止於技術層面,更包含一次成功的傳球帶來的正面效應。

TORONTO, ON - MAY 12:  Marc Gasol #33 of the Toronto Raptors reacts during Game Seven of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers at Scotiabank Arena on May 12, 2019 in Toronto, Canada.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - MAY 12: Marc Gasol #33 of the Toronto Raptors reacts during Game Seven of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers at Scotiabank Arena on May 12, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

「當你在正確的時間已傳球幫助隊友時,帶來的效應是有連鎖性的,這能讓大家都能感到快樂。當你傳球時,隊友就會了解到你會在他們想要球時願意把球送到他們手中,因此他們也會以傳球作為回報。」Gasol說,「以此為契機,積極的心態就會在攻守兩端中擴散,而這樣的起源只是因為你做了一件小事,就讓球隊出現了更多贏球的可能性。」

「幸運的是我的工具箱裡可是有著許多法寶。」Gasol如此形容自己,「依眼前的各種挑戰,我能夠閱讀防守,做好組織者的工作,就連背框單打和外線投射,都難不倒我。」

Gasol並不是一開始就具備全方位的才能,是從小在高強度的環境中磨練而來的。在他的青少年時代,雖然就已經有著傲人的身高,但有些胖嘟嘟的身材,令他在其他方面並不能跟上同儕。「在那個時候,跟我一起打球的人不是比我快,就是比我壯。」Gasol說,「所以我總是在想辦法彌補這之間的落差,因此我發現自己必須比別人更清楚場上發生了什麼事,並藉此製造出投射的空檔。」

在他進入NBA的2008年,正巧是曼菲斯最黑暗的一年,送走了自己親哥哥Pau Gasol後,灰熊陷入群龍無首的渾沌。但Gasol並沒有因此沉淪,反而一步步承接兄長的火炬,建立起自己的地位。「這座城市會擁抱認真做好自己工作的每個人。」當時的隊友Zach Randolph說,「也因此Marc輕鬆地融入了這裡。」

而也因為這些累積的經驗與智慧,以及這些年來沒有改變的踏實態度,來到多倫多,Gasol不再像過去身處於曼菲斯一般是球隊數一數二的進攻選擇。但他的無私與多功能,卻帶給暴龍全新的體驗。

Toronto Raptors center Marc Gasol (33) passes the ball as Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) defends during first-half NBA basketball game action in Toronto, Friday, March 22, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
Toronto Raptors center Marc Gasol (33) passes the ball as Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) defends during first-half NBA basketball game action in Toronto, Friday, March 22, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - MARCH 30:  Marc Gasol #33 of the Toronto Raptors handles the ball while being guarded by Robin Lopez #42 of the Chicago Bulls in the second quarter at the United Center on March 30, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - MARCH 30: Marc Gasol #33 of the Toronto Raptors handles the ball while being guarded by Robin Lopez #42 of the Chicago Bulls in the second quarter at the United Center on March 30, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Gasol雖然不再需要像在曼菲斯一樣,扛起每場攻堅的任務,但他卻願意用傳球讓隊友打得更舒服、用防守使對手打得更艱難。在季後賽前兩輪,與他對位的兩位明星中鋒Nikola Vucevic與Joel Embiid都接連吃到苦頭。雖然他並沒有像Kawhi Leonard一般有著得分的火力貢獻,但暴龍能夠晉級東區決賽,Gasol在防守端限制對手,一樣有著不可磨滅的功勞。

現在的Gasol雖然不再有著明星光環,但他依然能夠在籃球比賽中得到樂趣。「身為一個競爭者,我享受與對手較量,但我更享受的是勝利的滋味。」Gasol說,「為此,我能夠在球場兩端都無私奉獻,因為只有贏球才是最重要的。」

Gasol上一次踏進分區決賽的舞台,已經是2012-2013年球季的事。當年的馬刺三巨頭早已逐步淡出球壇,Leonard更在因緣際會之下成為自己的隊友。但不論大環境如何轉變,Gasol依舊會做好自己的本分,以無私精神幫助球隊繼續向前。