Originally written on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 12/7/12

Laker Pau Gasol #16 after scoring in the first half during game seven of a Western Conference semi-final playoff basketball game between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center on Sunday May 17, 2009 in Los Angeles Photo via Newscom

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The Lakers saw the movie "Lincoln" together Thursday evening, a film that elicited mixed reactions from the players. Tweeted Pau Gasol: "We've watched "Lincoln"! Very good movie! It describes one of the most important moments in the history of the USA. Highly recommended!" Jordan Hill was not as impressed. "I fell asleep 8 times," he tweeted. Regardless of whether the movie was a hit, it's positive that the team is doing activities together, a move that will further augment their chemistry on and off the court. Some team bonding couldn't come at a better time. The Lakers are in eighth place in the 15-team Western Conference with a disappointing record of 9-10, not quite the spot they were expected to be in after acquiring Steve Nash and Dwight Howard during the offseason. They play the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday, a team that reached the NBA Finals last season and is currently in second place in the Western Conference with a record of 15-4. -Melissa Rohlin
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