Posted January 8, 2014 by Luis Mercado in Sports

Pau Gasol Thought He Was Traded While Watching ‘The Lion King’

Pau Gasol got the scare of his life while watching The Lion King with his family on Monday.
He thought he got traded.
When news of the Andrew Bynum trade broke through, Gasol’s Twitter began ringing off. During intermission he decided to check his phone to see what everyone was talking about.
He looked at his messages, and people are thanking him for his services on the Los Angeles Lakers.
Below is the report from ESPN Los Angeles’ Ramona Shelburne:

The four-time All-Star from Spain said he was at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood watching “The Lion King” on Saturday night when erroneous reports came out via Twitter that the Lakers had agreed to trade him.

“I checked my Twitter at intermission and I see that it’s almost official,” Gasol said Tuesday after the Lakers’ 110-97 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. “I was getting all these messages, ‘Farewell, Pau. Thanks for all your services,’ all that stuff.

“It was a really good musical. I enjoyed it. I brought my parents and my little brother. It was a nice family time. But that kind of affected a little bit, the rest of the show.”

Asked, jokingly, whether it stopped him from enjoying the musical’s famous song “Hakuna Matata,” which means “no worries” in Swahili, Gasol laughed and said, “Yeah, that would’ve been a good way to go. But that’s how I approach things anyway, most of the time.”

Gasol could let out a big gasp of air now that the Bynum trade has become official.