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Pau Gasol ready for his dead close-up

Originally Published: November 4, 2009
By Sam Alipour | Special to Page 2

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Pau Gasol is dead.

Like, Nenad Krstic's hair follicles dead.

The 8-by-10 glossy in my hands says so. In the photo, which appears to have been shot at a morgue, the Lakers forward is lying on a gurney with his eyes shut, his skin a cold blue.

I'd be extremely upset about this news -- after dutifully filing a "breaking news!" report about Gasol's death to my editors, that is -- if it weren't Gasol himself who handed me the photo ...

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