Kobe: Pau Gasol Will Be With Lakers As Long As I’m There
by Ryne Nelson / @slaman10
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, answering a question from a Spanish reporter about Pau’s status with the Lakers: “As long as I’m there, he’s going to be there.”
— Brian Mahoney (@briancmahoney) July 21, 2012
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.”
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) July 21, 2012
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.