In life you are always given the advice to go with your ‘gut feeling’ and that is what recent Los Angeles Lakers free agent Pau Gasol did when he chose to sign with the Chicago Bulls.
The 34-year-old left the Lakers after six seasons where he won two NBA titles and got interest from many teams, including the Oklahoma City Thunder, Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs.
After meeting with Bulls players Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, Gasol said it was “instinct told me to pick Chicago.”
Project Spurs’ own Paul Garcia recently wrote that Tony Parker had spoken to Gasol about joining the silver and black, but said if he passes that him and Gasol will still be good friends.
Gasol went on to mention that he believes that Chicago is a favorite in the East alongside Cleveland to reach the NBA Finals next season.
The 7-foot Spanish forward commented that money was not a factor in his decision because he had turned down ‘bigger offers’ from other teams and his goal is to win another championship.
“Money obviously wasn’t the priority here,” said Gasol. “I turned down bigger offers, and I prioritized being on a championship-caliber team and being in a position where I can hopefully put that team over the top with my game, as well. I felt that here, I was going to have that opportunity, and now it’s just a matter of getting to work.”
At this point it is too early to say if Gasol’s instinct will be correct or not, but in the end it is always smart to go with your gut when making a big decision. Time will tell if Gasol’s was correct or not.
However, if I was facing a decision to play for a championship team versus a team without a title, my gut feeling would tell me to pick the former.
(Quotes via ESPN.com & MySA.com)