Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 3/11/12

Pau Gasol is a sensitive person who seems to have been bothered by trade rumors throughout the season. But if the latest development is any indication, Gasol has become mentally stronger.

The Lakers forward told reporters Friday that he took a nap while rumors on Twitter said he had been traded. He said he slept for an hour and 15 minutes.

“I said to myself: ‘If anything serious was about to happen, I would get a call from a significant person,’ and I didn’t get that. And I also said to myself that anybody can start out rumors. They start out small and then they come out big. With me it’s been like that several times this season,” Pau explained.

“I can’t control certain things. I’m just going to continue to do my job as best as I can this season. Obviously, the less I hear about it the better. But March 15 is around the corner, so one way or another I’ll be here or I’ll be, who knows?”

Gasol had 12 points and 11 boards in the team’s win, so maybe he is getting better at handling the rumors. He’s also getting smarter with them, recognizing when things are just rumors. The good news for him, and for Lakers fans, is that this will all be over in the next week.

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