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Lakers News: Kobe Bryant Sees Immediate Impact With Gasol Out Reviewed by Momizat on . The Los Angeles Lakers played their first game without Pau Gasol since his right foot injury last night, and they got embarrassed on national television against The Los Angeles Lakers played their first game without Pau Gasol since his right foot injury last night, and they got embarrassed on national television against Rating:
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Lakers News: Kobe Bryant Sees Immediate Impact With Gasol Out

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Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol Lakers Media DayThe Los Angeles Lakers played their first game without Pau Gasol since his right foot injury last night, and they got embarrassed on national television against their arch rivals. 

Even though Gasol has struggled this season, he played well after taking the starting role with Dwight Howard sidelined due to injury. The Lakers surely missed Gasol’s presence in last night’s game and the front court had trouble controlling the paint.

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After the game, Kobe Bryant spoke to ESPN and he talked about what Gasol’s absence meant to the Lakers in their loss to the Celtics.

“I think, in a way, L.A. is kind of seeing how much we miss Pau and what he brings to the table and his skill set,” Bryant said after the game. “Maybe now they’ll start appreciating him a little more.”

According to reports, Gasol will miss at least six to eight weeks, a major blow to an already banged up Lakers team. Dwight Howard is dealing with a shoulder injury and he is certainly not close to 100 percent. Jordan Hill will miss the remainder of the season, meaning the Lakers’ front court will be extremely depleted moving forward.

With Gasol out of the lineup, the Lakers will have to work even harder to make the post-season. The players will have to fill the void with Gasol sidelined and there definitely has to be an increase sense of urgency.

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  • joe23

    lakers don’t need pau. this team got a lot of talent on the roster.
    The team just need to play consistent basketball concentrate playing, stop thinking about pau when playing, just focus, just like what the boston did.
    Kobe need to put away his big “ego” in this team, Kobe is the one who is ruining the chemistry of the team, Kobe need to shut up.
    If you want to say something to your teammate say it in front of him, “man talk”, not go or talk to the media.
    Only Kobe misses Gasol so bad… “The Girlfriend”
    I bet you, kobe will not pass the ball to D12 often this game tonigth.
    They need to amnesty Kobe and trade gasol anytime soon.
    I hope the lakers management do something to kobe, his the mascot in this team. Kobe act/think like he own the team. “ego booster”.

    Lakers fans here…

    • JohnC

      LA don’t need Pau? Look at the statistics with and without him: I agree with the numbers and say YES, LA play much better with Pau. You might be rigth… or maybe Kobe knows better what he is talking about, and how things are felt on the court during a game.

    • lakers_824

      kobe has the right to act/think its his team cuz it is, mans been here since 1996 and brought this organization 5 championships, id take pau offense 100% over dwights that fact is that dwigth had ZERO post moves, cant make ft, on top of that he cant even position himself for the ball half the time and when he does he always gets it poked away. Thats not it dwight never shows up on a consistent basis hes to sensitive, mothafucka needs to man up and play harad every day not just when he feels like. Pau does not needed to be traded he is not the problem, DAN DUMBASS TONI is the fukin problem he needs to adjust he stupid system(which got him to zero finals appearance) or get the fuck outta LA. AND the last time kobe tried to talk to dwight he didnt seem to care and kept sayin ok, ok, ok when kobe said you cant make everyone like you, u have to put that aside and just play like u dont giv a fuk. Take u and ur dwight bandwagon ass back to orlando WE WANT BYNUM!

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