Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 at 9:20 am  |  27 responses

Kobe Bryant Unhappy With Pau Gasol’s Handling of Concussion

Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol has missed the last 5 games due to a concussion, and doctors have yet to clear him for most basketball-related activities. Teammate Kobe Bryant says that Gasol should be taking better care of himself as he recovers. Per the LA Daily News: “I was a little angry with him the other day because he’s coming to practice and coming to the games,’ Bryant said. ‘Stay home. Cut all the lights off. Just rest. Let your brain rest. But he wants to be around [the team]. That’s the type of teammate he is.’ Gasol has sat on the Lakers’ bench in the past two contests, including the Lakers’ 104-88 victory Tuesday over the Milwaukee Bucks. Players, including Gasol, are advised to avoid bright lights and noise after having a concussion. It’s possible Gasol has progressed in that stage since Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said the Lakers forward has participated in light shooting drills. Still, an NBA official has said each player must pass a series of tests symptom free, including stationary bike, light jogging, running, jumping and agility drills, team drills with limited contact and returning to the court without limitations. With Gasol still lacking any medical clearance, he hasn’t passed at least some of the tests. [...] ‘That’s the difference between me and him,’ Bryant said. ‘I’ll stay home and cut the damn lights off. He’s more of a team guy. He wants to be around the fellas. He wants to do his treatment around the fellas.’ Nonetheless, Bryant said he’s ‘not concerned’ on whether Gasol will recover. He will visit with neurologist Dr. Vern Williams Wednesday in what will mark his sixth visit since nursing the concussion. ‘It just takes time,’ Bryant said. ‘There’s nothing you can do really to expedite it. It’s not a muscle. You can’t massage it. There’s nothing you can do. You just rest.’”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    did kobe just say that pau is a better team mate than him?

  • Comment_System

    Embellishing headline.

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  • Fat Lever

    Slam pulling the ohkeedoke on the headline. Fool me once, Slam….

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    That’s quite the clicks-grabbing headline. All you need to know about this story: “Just rest. Let your brain rest. But he wants to be around [the team]. That’s the type of teammate he is. He’s more of a team guy. He wants to be around the fellas. He wants to do his treatment around the fellas.’

  • Seth

    It’s all about the page views and advertisements.

  • https://twitter.com/Wayne__o BuenoWayno1

    ”That’s the difference between me and him,’ Bryant said. ”He’s more of a team guy.”…..This is your guy Laker fans lol

  • http://twitter.com/MTHASHP TheMuthaShip

    Last Slam article I click on.

  • http://twitter.com/flomac59 Frank Macias

    It’s all BS. Who gets a concussion and misses 5 games getting hit on the nose? He didn’t even break it. Kobe’s just blowing smoke up our ass. He knows the dude just SOFT!!!

  • thetruth

    The guy who brought us 5 rings? yes it is.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    The way you said it sounds like he did it all by himself.

  • LakeShow

    Man, I really, really hate you…

  • LakeShow

    Some of us like honestly. We find it refreshing, even if you come off as an ass-hole.

    I’m blunt as hell, I just tell the truth whether you like it or not. KB is the same. I respect fellow kin.

  • LakeShow

    Where are you in this Photo??
    Is that the museum in Cairo?

  • LakeShow

    Yes, lol.
    KB has never claimed to be a great team mate…

  • https://twitter.com/Wayne__o BuenoWayno1

    There’s a big difference between being honest and being a a$#hole, kobe reminds me of the type of The guy nobody likes outside of the workplace but he gets the job done so u have to deal with it.

  • LakeShow

    Precisely. That’s me!
    Naw, I have a little more personality, and i’m not a dick, just blunt with how I speak.
    I understand what your saying man. I’m just saying that him being a dick just doesn’t change anything for the fans. They like the way the dude plays ball thus they like him.

  • https://twitter.com/Wayne__o BuenoWayno1

    Oh i forgot kobe has space jam-esque powers so he didnt need help from guys like d fish, metta, L.O,shaq,pau,bynum and a HOF coach in phil jax. Nope kobe did all 1 on 5.

  • https://twitter.com/Wayne__o BuenoWayno1

    A racional Laker fan!? I thought u guys were extinct.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1383738275 Enrigue Ruiz

    I will think twice before coming to this site again after this completely misleading headline.

  • LakeShow

    I live on an island with Kurt Cobain, Dodo birds, Tasmanian Devil’s, Tupac, and freedom.

  • LakeShow

    Okay brehh. See ya.

  • Blaqsuperman

    What did you want to read? Write it please…….we are waiting. The title really bothered you? Welcome to the real world. All advertisement has this style of creating impulse. Stop watching the news if its a problem, they do it all of the time. You would not watch, read, eat or buy anything if they did not……….Get over it already!!!

  • Guest

    and Te’o had a girlfriend.

  • Omar

    He tried to. It didn’t work.

  • bcbritt7

    Why the heck does it matter about his personality? He plays ball, he’s not running for office. A lot of nba/sport players r cocky n have bad attitudes, they just hide it better. Get off his d#$* u laker/kobe hater. U obviously have nothing else better 2 do…..

  • https://twitter.com/Wayne__o BuenoWayno1

    Who hurt you? Wanna cookie?. Me n Lakeshow were having a pretty rational discussion and u swoop in like a vulture looking for a confrontation. Why does it matter to you what I think?, it’s my opinion…please take your kobe fetish somewhere else