Originally written on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 4/4/12
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LOS ANGELES To Pau Gasol, the Lakers' opera-loving, piano-playing, benevolent big man, it was a respectful little massage of the scalp, something that is done on soccer fields all over Europe when players get up from a crunching tackle or settle a heated argument. It was a signal that it's all good. To Chris Paul, the pat on the back of his head signaled something else. It was a pat, all right paterfamilias. The gesture, in the waning seconds of the Lakers' contentious victory over the Clippers in late January, was rife with symbolic paternalism, not just from one player to another but franchise to franchise. It was a sign that, never mind all the love the Clippers were getting along with their acquisition of Paul straight from under the noses of the Lakers. And never mind how this crazy season had started. You're still the Clippers, we're still the Lakers and we all know how it's going to end. Gasol might as well have asked: Who's your daddy? Now, nearly 10 weeks after ...
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