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Mike D'Antoni on the value Pau's voice has in a locker room that is ruled by Kobe Bryant ...
"It’s very important," D'Antoni told ESPNLA.com last week. "Kobe and Pau have now been through the ringer a few times and have won championships together. When you do that, when you win together, you create this bond of trust and it goes both ways.
"I think Pau understands Kobe and can give him a lot of room, at the same time, I think Kobe understands Pau and where he’s coming from. The bottom line is, everybody plays to their strengths, everybody has their egos and when you trust each other than things can be said that get you back in line a little bit. Maybe it gets exaggerated a little bit here and there and they can talk it out. Like I said, the biggest thing is they do trust each other. We didn’t have a lot of that last year. It just didn’t happen. We had a lot of people that didn’t trust each other and that kind of was our woes. So, this year, we’re looking to improve that a lot."