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While preparing for the 2012 Olympic games and answering questions from a Spanish reporter, Kobe Bryant endorses Pau Gasol… Finally.
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Kobe Bryant said “As long as I’m there (with the Lakers), he’s (Pau Gasol) going to be there.” Pau Gasol saw the news and went out of his way to Tweet about his all-star teammate, thanking him for the kind words. Gracias Kobe!! Un placer estar a tu lado partido a partido. Go Lakers!! Which translates to “Thanks Kobe! It’s a pleasure to play with you game after game.”
This news may please Laker Nation and may come as a relief for Pau Gasol, but c’mon! How many years has Gasol worn a Lakers’ uniform and how many times has Kobe Bryant taken in upon himself to criticize his teammate? wasn’t it just a couple of months ago that Kobe was bashing Gasol for not being aggressive enough in the playoffs? The same Kobe that went on record saying that the Lakers need to “either trade [Gasol] or not trade him” back in February.
Maybe the addition of Steve Nash has changed Kobe’s tune, or perhaps he was saving face. Either way, Kobe saying he has Gasol’s back is a better sign for the Lakers than him saying that he doesn’t have the Spaniards’ back.
Gasol could still be trade-bait in a deal that would potentially send all-star center, Dwight Howard to Los Angeles, but until the ink drys any deal for Howard remains unknown. There is also a scenario where the Lakers land Howard and retain Gasol. Tell me that Nash, Kobe, Gasol and Howard isn’t the scariest line-up in the NBA.. It wouldn’t even matter if they had Jack Nicholson playing the three.
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