MINNEAPOLIS He'd heard the question before. Too many times.
It's one thing to struggle, said question began, and Pau Gasol opened his mouth as if to answer. He knew what was coming.
But it went on. It's one thing to struggle, but it's another thing when
Again, Gasol moved to answer, but all he got out was a word of agreement "Totally." before the thing kept going.
It's one thing to struggle, but it's another thing when you're the Lakers, right?
Duh. Hasn't that been the theme of this season in Los Angeles? The Lakers are the Lakers, and as such, this can't continue. As such, this is 400 times more difficult than it would be for any other team, any team that's not riding on the backs of Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Steve Nash and even Gasol.
"It makes it more difficult," Gasol said. It was as if he was reading from a script. "We are a team probably with the highest payroll in history. I don't know. Just guessing, but probably up there. We are in a big market with a franchise ...