Arnovitz: Defensive credentials assured, Marc Gasol goes on offensive

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Arnovitz: Defensive credentials assured, Marc Gasol goes on offensive
Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Marc Gasol's acceptance of the KIA NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award in the lobby of FedEx Forum four days ago was a muted occasion. Wearing a rare off-day suit, Gasol was gracious and classy for the crowd of sponsors, execs, teammates, coaches, special guests in media, but the timing and circumstances of the event were a bit awkward. You could sense some uneasiness from Gasol about accepting an individual award while his team trailed the Los Angeles Clippers 2-0 in a first-round playoff series.

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