Saturday, July 21st, 2012 at 3:17 pm  |  55 responses

Kobe: Pau Gasol Will Be With Lakers As Long As I’m There

by Ryne Nelson / @slaman10

Amidst the signing of Steve Nash and persistent Dwight Howard trade rumors, Kobe Bryant seems to have changed his tune on the topic of Pau Gasol.

After asking the Lakers to “either trade [Gasol] or not trade him” and blasting Gasol for not being aggressive (again) in the Playoffs, Kobe told reporters on Saturday that he has his power forward’s back:

Kobe’s conveniently timed reversal of tone must’ve been a relief to Gasol, as he tweeted: “Thanks Kobe! It’s a pleasure to play with you game after game.”

Kobe and the Lakers seem to believe Nash can reinvigorate Gasol to play like the best power forward in the League… for now, at least.

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  • http://slamonine.com badnewzballer

    Les do this!

  • Lloyd

    Haha that’s easy to say in an optimistic off season. Let’s wait for the season to actually start and see if there’s still love between them.

  • Sheed

    I was really hoping they would trade Pau for Josh Smith… Him and Dwight would be the most ridiculous front court in the NBA

  • Jre

    Maybe the olympics will get Pau back hungry remember after the 08 Olympics he came into the Season hungry

  • http://bebe310.blogspot.com/ anonymous

    cosign sheed. hoping dwight considers playing for atl. when ferry traded jj I thought abt a dwight and j smith front court. atl has AS horford and other tradeable assets in teague and harris. dwight`s from GA and friends with smith. still think atl needs a coach who can well…..coach but shaw, sloan and jackson are available.

  • Justin05

    Anyone know Spanish to translate?

  • Osmin

    C”on guys we all know S O F T Gasol should”ve been traded to ATL for J. Smith

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    ^thanks kobe. it is a pleasure to be by your side game after game.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    They never should’ve traded Gasol. I want to use this to give a shout out to the trade exception LA got from the Odom deal. Name was dangled in rumors all year but it balled til the end. Best of luck in Phoenix

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Kobe knows that Gasol’s play is key to the Laker’s chances. The only problem is that Mike Brown doesn’t know that.

  • rand33p

    if they get dwight or keep bynum… pau’s game will really flourish with a point god like Nash… can’t wait

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    cosign Jtaylor…. that 2010 finals mvp was arguably gasol’s. that’s not my view… but you could argue it.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    ^^^^^^One great game 7 does not count for Gasol. Kobe was consensus MVP even if Lakers lost game 7. Go reread those NBA Finals articles and learn something boys. Some of yall are prisoners of the moment for one game. Gasol and Odom lost the first NBA Finals against Boston for their soft play. Kobe had key clutch FThrows and had about 16 rebounds, but he did nothing. Kobe Haters.LOL Kobe is joking, Gasol is trade bait, read in between the lines.

  • Sean B

    The Seed – no way was Kobe going to be MVP if they lost game 7, especially the way he shot. As a Lakers fan (yet non Kobe slurper) I thought Pau should have won MVP. Played better in their four wins, outperformed KG.

  • CLay__24

    Footnote: Unless we get Dwight.

  • Basketball iQ

    Glad we’re soaking on 2010,,, perkins shut him down & fisher knew that so he fell onto perkins leg to get him out of that series. & it was no fluke either, proof: in 08 finals fisher did the same thing to perkins right after the paul pierce injury. But that time perk was straight & we had other bodies to suffice , pj brown big baby,erc… That fall was onto perk was the only reason la won that series.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Sean, go reread articles. Gasol was not the key like you think he was, some of yall need to go watch the NBA Finals again. Gasol look so much better, because he sucked the first two years in the NBA Finals. He played better, but to act like he carried the Lakers is straight dumb. The Celtics whole defense was to triple Kobe, with a double and another player playing the passing lane. Gasol played his best last game. Go get the numbers or watch the games. Some of yall are crazy to hate on Kobe so much. Kobe earned that, and go pull of ESPN and NBA analysts and articles, he was consensus MVP. Facts speak for themselve cat.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgvwfvTcNl0 danpowers

    classy move by bryant. he owes two of his 5 rings to that guy and he(gasol) is still an elite player. the lakers had other problems than their bigs during their last playoff shortcomings…

  • Jre

    I love how ya’ll love to say Kobe own his rings to(insert player) EVERY NBA champion owes his Title to somebody if you want to break it down….

  • Justin G.

    Agree with Jre. Don’t some of you clowns think maybe those other clowns owe their rings to Kobe?

  • PnoyVibe

    Kobe’s 6th ring? BOOK IT

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    guys i never said I WOULD give it to gasol… just that its arguable that he could get it.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2011/10/nfl-players-advice-to-lebron-james-stick-to-basketball/ shutup

    Just like he vowed to be faithful to his wife, I call bullsh!t. They tried to trade him last season and if a reasonable offer arises his Spanish arse will be shipped out asap

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    The Shock Exchange is starting a petition to have AllenP banned from this site. How dare he compare Kobe Bean to Robert Horry. He’s the worst.

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  • Dingo Rob

    This is the same guy that said decisions are not made by him last year, now he is acting like he has a say in trades…also in this interview he mentioned he will play for Barcelona in 3 years..

  • Allenp

    Gasol clearly has Stockholm syndrome.

  • bdogg

    nice to see kb and pau coolio..now i would like to see the mamba go beast mode in the next 2 games. i am sick of the go through the motions ish! damn!

  • http://www.champs.com Reggie06

    you know what f**k with dwight whoo needs him we will win with or without him

  • http://www.slamonline.com nbk troll

    Yeah ok kobe…. We all know kobe want more rings, and if the right deal comeo along……..

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    This just in!!! Kobe is not the GM of the Lakers.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    1:44 wasn’t the real troll but thanks for the tribute

  • RedRum

    Think about this… Gortat playing with Nash was the leading scorer of the Suns with 16ppg shooting 50+%… Now imagine what Nash can do with Pau…

  • clydesays

    Did Kobe even believe that statement?

  • Benny Ng

    They just need D.Howard for 10 championship

  • Benny Ng

    They just need D.Howard for 10 championship

  • http://slamonlin.com jumpman22

    How much longer you will be there?

  • EJ

    Lakers fans don’t deserve Gasol. Bunch of spoiled whiny arrogant brats, and I’m one of them.

  • http://Slamonline.com Jzakoni

    and what league is he the best power forward in?

  • Drig

    @Jzakoni……Love doesn’t have a complete enough game to claim being the best PF. Dirk’s better at scoring but Pau’s better at defending and passing game. Depends on what you value more. KG and TD are just as good but aren’t quite as consistent anymore. Bosh IMO is #4.

  • robb

    Nash and Gasol will play great together.

  • Sean B

    The Seed – When was I hating on Kobe? He has been my favorite player since I was a 3rd grader in 98. But I don’t need to watch the series again…I watched it the first time. Pau was more important and to say he only had one great game is laughable. He had damn near a triple double in game 6!

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    Sean B is right. In the second series between Boston and L.A., Pau Gasol / Andrew Bynum at the same ____ time won that series for the Lakers. They were getting two, three, sometimes four shots per possession and limiting Boston to one. Pau Gasol / Andrew Bynum at the same ____ time’s ability to control the boards turned the tide. But of course, the media and the stans go “Look at what Horry Jr did.”

  • SayWhat!

    Not yet enough for the Thunders

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgvwfvTcNl0 danpowers

    exactly. i mean, which pf / c tandem could compete with these guys or could be considered better? maybe griffin / jordan if griffin one day learns to play better defense and jordan improves his offensive game. horford / smith? hmmm… really cant think of smbdy right now, maybe chandler / stoudemire when stat is healthy n plays like 10/11. but i would consider gasol n bynum much more versatile even then. did i forget smbdy?

    i think that the lakers latest playoff shortcomings came due to a lack of youth and athleticism on the wings (no offens on mwp) and a thin bank.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgvwfvTcNl0 danpowers

    ooops, bench not bank.

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    @danpowers I think you left out the fact that while L.A. had Pau Gasol / Andrew Bynum at the same ____ time, two skilled 7 footers at the same ____ time, postin’ up callin’ for it at the same ____ time, Horry Jr was tryna shoot it at the same ____ time …. Spike Lee needed to get that ____ on fiiiillllmmmm!

  • eZ

    Kobe don’t like me kobe don’t like me (looks sad, plays passive)
    Kobe likes me kobe likes me kobe likes me (wags tail, licks hand)

    …me and kobes are bestest of friends, i dont even mind he tried to outbid me for that spanish named horse just out of sheer competitiveness

  • HiDef

    You guys realise that Bynum was of little influence in either finals victories right? I mean he played a role, but make no mistake, Gasol played the majority at centre. And yes controlling the boards was imperative in that series, but cosign Seed, Kobe put work in there too (8 per), and was rightfully MVP.

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  • pposse

    wasnt gasols averages in the 2010 finals somethin like 20 10 and 5? If that is not worthy of finals MVP consideration then what is?

  • kamote

    dude..lakers won’t make it to the finals if not for a ridiculous kobe series with phoenix….a defensive game and brilliant offensive game against okc…and westbrook.

  • Drig

    And Kobe was 28.6/8.0/3.9. Gasol shot 47%. Kobe shot 40%. Try again.

  • pposse

    yah but Pau’s ‘advanced’ stats were better (ie: PER). In either case all i am saying is that Pau is worthy of ‘consideration’, not that he 100% deserves it. To completely write him off and say head over heals Kobe deserves it to me is a ridiculous claim.

  • Drig

    Worthy of consideration? Yes. Considered a snub? No.