Underneath the positive energy surrounding the Lakers' 111-99 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night stood one frustrated player.
In a game that featured plenty of Kobe Bryant (36 points), plenty of Andrew Bynum (17 points and 14 rebounds) and an improving bench (34 points), Pau Gasol scored 10 points on four-of-13 shooting. Though it appears pointing out a descrepancy involves splitting hairs, Bryant believes reports linking Gasol in a trade has made it "an emotional couple of days for him."
"Personally I don't understand that crap," Bryant said regarding the Lakers' effort to trade Gasol. "But it is what it is. It's important for him to know we support him. I support him especially. I just want him to go out there and play hard and do what he does best for us."
Gasol hardly did that against Phoenix, when he routinely missed open post-up shots, hook shots and put-backs. He appeared frustrated when he bobbled a well-placed pass from Bryant in the third quarter that went ou...