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Bryant says Gasol affected by trade rumors

Posted on: February 18, 2012 3:36 pm
Edited on: February 18, 2012 3:45 pm
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Pau Gasol has been the subject of trade rumors all season long in L.A.. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore 

Kobe Bryant told reporters Friday that he believes the constant trade rumors surrounding Pau Gasol have negatively impacted him. From the Los Angeles Times: 
Though it appears pointing out a discrepancy involves splitting hairs, Bryant believes reports linking Gasol in a trade has made it "an emotional couple of days for him."

"Personally I don't understand that crap," Bryant said regarding the Lakers' effort to trade Gasol. "But it is what it is. It's important for him to know we support him. I support him especially. I just want him to go out there and play hard and do what he does best for us."
via Kobe Bryant: Trade speculation has made Pau Gasol emotional - latimes.com.

Now that's nothing new, with Gasol having off-court issues affect his performance as they did during an understandably rough time in the playoffs last spring. But it is telling that both Bryant and Gasol are not denying that he's on the block or being shopped constantly. This is yet another impact of the vetoed Chris Paul trade and subsequent fallout.

The Lakers took a step backward when they were forced to trade Lamar Odom because of his sense of betrayal over being involved in the Paul deal David Stern vetoed. In order to overcome that, the Lakers are considering a trade, which will have to involve Gasol due to the low value of their supporting players, ownership's belief in Andrew Bynum, and the fact they have to trade for a significant upgrade at the star level and not role players support. So Gasol is discussed, and with media so prevalent, rumors get out, as well as I'm sure discussions being held with Gasol regarding this situation. 

For his part, Gasol says things are not affecting him, that he's blocking it out and playing, and to be fair, his numbers aren't significantly down, outside of his field goal percentage which is below 50 percent for the first time in nearly a decade. But there's an impact, and it's continuing to keep the Lakers out of the elite tier of teams. Until this situation is resolved one way or another, Gasol will have to play through it. 
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Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2012 12:15 pm
 

Bryant says Gasol affected by trade rumors

tell him to stop crying , i bet he was not crying about getting traded to the Lakers 

Um, just to be fair -- Gasol has not really complained about the situation at all:

  
For his part, Gasol says things are not affecting him, that he's blocking it out and playing, and to be fair, his numbers aren't significantly down
This article was about Kobe's opion of whether or not the trade rumors are bothering Pau.  Pau is not "crying" about anything.



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2012 12:10 pm
 

Bryant says Gasol affected by trade rumors

I guess Jerry thought Kobe needed a little extra money since his ex came back around looking for another cool $75 m. and hired him on as official rumors spokesperson for the Lakers.  
Right, because Kobe is the first star player to ever comment about rumors or other things affecting his team right?  Kobe must be the first player ever to stick up for a teammate by wanting an end to rumors about his trade status right?  Funny how when other players do it its "being a leader" or  "sticking up for a teammate" but if Kobe does it the haters think he's out of line somehow for having an opinion.



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2012 12:07 pm
 

Bryant says Gasol affected by trade rumors

if Garnett doesn't get hurt in 09 and Perkins in game 7 of 2010, the Celtics 3 peat. Not making excuses but rather pointing out the obvious!
Sounds like excuses to me -- nothing is guaranteed in the NBA, that is why you play the games.  I bet you called it "excuses" when Laker fans lamented injuries in the playoffs to guys like Bynum.




Since: May 1, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2012 6:52 pm
 

Bryant says Gasol affected by trade rumors

Gasol has to learn how to fight through these moments. He knows that this is a business, so he has to press on. That is why I love Kobe Bryant so much. All heck could be breaking loose around him; money issues, family issues, car problems, and any other thing that is terrible you can think of, Kobe just laces them up and gives you 120%. He is mentally locked in on the task at hand; winning a title. There is no quit in his vocab. He is locked in to winning and playing at the highest level night in and night out. Gasol just has to focus and put the trade talks behind him. It is about winning.




Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2012 5:11 pm
 

Bryant says Gasol affected by trade rumors

When did Kobe Bryant buy the Lakers? I though Buss was still the owner...
I guess Jerry thought Kobe needed a little extra money since his ex came back around looking for another cool $75 m. and hired him on as official rumors spokesperson for the Lakers.  



Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2012 4:06 pm
 

Bryant says Gasol affected by trade rumors

crunch time- you make me laugh.  your Celtics have had 3 or 4 good years since the big three era, that 3 or 4 of about the last 25 years!  lol, the lakers have had contending teams for about  18 of the last 25 years and won MANY rings since then...


And why do you think your Lakers started winning again? They stole a center from the tough styled eastern conference. Don't you remember Shaq? Btw..if Garnett doesn't get hurt in 09 and Perkins in game 7 of 2010, the Celtics 3 peat. Not making excuses but rather pointing out the obvious!
Did you forget that Bynum was hurt in 08. So Lakers would of won. So no Three peat. Sorry. Try again.



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: February 19, 2012 3:10 pm
 

Bryant says Gasol affected by trade rumors

Hey explucas. Easy there bro on comparing Stern to Hitler. Don't you know the Commish reads the CBS Sportsline religiously and could have you deported for those comments? Just trying to help a brother out. As for Kobe and his comments; doesn't that clown have his own problems to worry about? Like trying to hook back up with Vanessa and save his butt millions.



Since: Aug 11, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2012 2:50 pm
 

Bryant says Gasol affected by trade rumors

When did Kobe Bryant buy the Lakers? I though Buss was still the owner...


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Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: February 19, 2012 2:48 pm
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Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: February 19, 2012 2:22 pm
 

Bryant says Gasol affected by trade rumors

Can Lakers fans stop with this Bynum for Howard krap???

The last thing the Magic need is to make a trade that firmly plants them as a team just missing or barely making the playoffs....year after year after year.....That's what trading for Bynum would do.

It would actually be better for the Magic to just let Howard walk..suck for a few years picking up top lottery draft picks while they let players like Hedo and Nelson's contracts come off the books. Then 3-4 years from now you have 3 top draft picks and tons of cap space to reload with.

I'd rather see the Magic suck for 5 years knowing there was light at the end of the tunnel, than see them desperately try and cling to some bottom rung playoff hopes for years only to eventually decide to blow the team up.

1. Either keep Dwight Howard and still try and build around him...including firing Otis Smith and SVG.
2. Either trade Howard for something actually worth something...Nuggets trade of Melo.
3. Or let him walk for nothing

Any straight up trade for 1 player of less talent is just plain stupid.    &nbs
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