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Lakers News: Pau Gasol Believes Kobe Bryant Is ‘Trying His Hardest’

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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Following a loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night, Pau Gasol spoke to the media in the locker room at Phillips Arena. Gasol arguably had his best performance in quite some time with 16 points and 10 rebounds, but his teammate Kobe Bryant didn’t fair as well in his fifth game back from injury.

Gasol talked about his longtime teammate’s effort saying the following about the five-time NBA champion via Time Warner Cable SportsNet:

“I see him trying. That’s all. I don’t know how he feels. He’s trying his hardest.”

In a season-high 32 minutes against the Hawks, Bryant scored only eight points on 4-of-14 shooting from the floor. Along with the rough night shooting the basketball, the veteran guard continued to turn the ball over with a game-high five turnovers.

Although Bryant has only played in five games thus far, this is the beginning of a second series of a back-to-back. Things will get even more difficult for the veteran against the Memphis Grizzlies on the road tomorrow night.

Fortunately, the Lakers received some good news on Monday learning that Jordan Farmar might be back sooner than expected. Bryant has shouldered the load at the point guard position, following Steve Blake’s injury, which left the Lakers without a healthy floor general.

With Bryant playing out of position, he’s struggled to initiate the offense in four out the first five games for the Lakers. Turnovers have been a persistent problem with the superstar who is forcing passes and clearly finding it difficult to adjust to a different role, especially coming fresh off the worst injury of his career.
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  • Terrence

    Yeah, he sure is. Take notes Pau since we can’t say the same about you game in and game out.

  • Jim213

    At least one of does on the court.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Kobe is trying hard.

  • Stamos

    TRADE PAU, TRADE PAU, TRADE PAU, TRADE PAU, TRADE PAU, TRADE PAU

    TRADE PAU, TRADE PAU, TRADE PAU, TRADE PAU, TRADE PAU, TRADE PAU

    TRADE PAU, TRADE PAU, TRADE PAU, TRADE PAU, TRADE PAU, TRADE PAU

  • TheTruthKills

    If Kobe is playing his hardest that doesn’t bode well for the future. We just gave him $50 million.

    • IF Zine

      You can say that fifty million more times.

  • Odnyam Bayaraa

    Kobe is trying, trying to work with those new guys, and trying to deal with the other those new guys in the other teams. Kobe was out of the court for a year, he almost lost the leg, but he is on the court right now right in front of the world. He believes in his teammates, he is trying to believe in himself. He is trying. I believe him as I believe in my brother. Just be quite ! You guys will see he will be rated over the MJ, and wearing the 6th ring. If Kobe was not there, there would not be the Lakers or NBA. KobeNation !

    • IF Zine

      Like totally…

    • Ness

      The new guys were 10-10 without him..I believe it was 11-10.. They are 1-4 with him. When will blind laker fans get a clue…he can’t win without major help and his team has not been relevant since 2010…

    • Ness

      He played Robin to Shaq’s batman..the first three titles…got Shaq the boot because he wanted keys to franchise…and the following three years..the lakers were a sub .500 team. It wasn’t until the development of Bynum and the acquisition of Gasol that the Lakers returned to prominence. Now Gasol’s effectiveness has tapered off…and again ( the last two years) the Lakers are back to being a .500 team. Wake up, dude!!!

    • rofl

      When I see post like yours I understand why Bryant is called most overrated player in this sport.

  • BUSS/KUPCHAK,SADMAAANNN!!!

    this sucks, im a fan, but lakers are becoming fakers… an old vet like wackbe, will not let a team to a title this year. old vets will not lead a team to a title.
    fakers weaknesses, 1.team defense 2. rebounding 3. turnovers 4. interior defense
    5. wackbe,gasoft,rash,flake,and suckre :)
    trade these players and get players that are young athletic, who can score, rebound and most of all play defense everynight.
    if fakers go 6 games below 500 i predict they wont make the playoffs, the way they are playing right now espn was right 12 spot, and wont make the playoffs, not even close to a title contendars sad days in LA, :(

    big changes need to change,
    players to resign next year,
    swaggy,
    farmar,
    wesley,
    jordan hill,
    meeks,
    xavier,
    kaman,
    PERIOD…
    players that need to be traded.!!!!
    WAKBE,GASOFT,RASH,SUCKRE,FLAKE!!!
    I WISH I CAN be GM FOR A YEAR..
    and dumbtoni needs to go to… he’s not a championship coach, he’s phony…

    peace to all u pundits and haters!! :)

    • IF Zine

      No team in their right mind would take Kobe on his new contract. The Lakers pretty much flushed the next two seasons down the drain. With Kobe no big free agents will want to sign, and no real coaches if the fire Mike D. (Which they shouldn’t)

  • Jim213

    KB24 trolls… TREAD CAREFULLY!

  • IF Zine

    So who will be joining Shaquille under the Buss next? My guess is Mike D.

  • Al Haldie

    Now i understand what KOBE ment when he said im {BAAAACK} LOST 4 OF 5 so who can we blame OH YA lets get PAU !! The lakers were playing much better befor KOBES returne. You cant play a two man game KOBE/PAU and expect to win games- no matter how good the bench is {best in the league} go figure…long time lakers fan…..

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