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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
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 -

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. 

Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2012 5:37 pm

Bryant says Gasol affected by trade rumors

Cruch Time-You NEED hard nosed players because you are dragging your faces on the cellar floor-AGAIN. You can't stand the Pretty boys out West because then you look in the mirror and see YOU. Well Back at you. We hate the Celtics because when they can't beat a team in Basketball they resort to Barroom Brawls. Oh yes, we also hate the Celtics because Kevin Garnett is a Punk Thug.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2012 5:15 pm
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Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2012 4:51 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... The C's are now back in the cellar where they belong and have to blow it all up where the Lakers can make a few key moves and keep the contending streak in tact easily :)

Since: May 6, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2012 4:20 pm

Bryant says Gasol affected by trade rumors

thank david stern for letting mchale trade KG and then ray getting dumped?!? to the celtics so they could get out of the cellar!!  damn that team suckd for a looong time lol    and Perk is more of a BA then any of those pu ssys playing for that over rated going nowhere need to make ANOTHER super trade of a team

Since: Oct 1, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2012 4:13 pm

Bryant says Gasol affected by trade rumors

Perkins is a bitch...just ask Blake!

Since: Oct 20, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2012 4:01 pm

Bryant says Gasol affected by trade rumors

Keep him away from the Celtics! We like tough, hard nosed players and we can't stand the pretty boy style out west! I mean we sent our guy Perkins to the Thunder and now they own the west because the tough, eastern style is still in his blood! 

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