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Pau Gasol, on how successfully the Lakers implemented early season talk of collective sacrifice:
"I think at the beginning we probably struggled a little more, because everybody wanted to assert himself, and establish themselves and make sure they got their role or their part established. But things didn't work out that well, probably, from the beginning, and probably the coaching change had a big role into it. But I think we progressed as the season went along and we put our individual desires aside. We figured out what worked, and I think we finished the season playing the right way as far as our balance.
Kobe also distributed the ball -- there was a point that he also flipped the switch and started distributing a lot, and getting a lot of assists, and setting people up and making the game a lot easier and simpler for other guys. And then I was able to get into the post a little more, and get to the elbows a little more, and also create a lot more from those positions. I think Dwight was shooting a very high percentage -- I was able to get him a lot of good looks close to the rim, and good finishes. He's worked hard for those. And then the rest of the guys were able to play off that.
Once we established that, it seemed to work better."
Certainly results would back up Gasol's evaluation, but the interesting thing is that should the Lakers bring the Big Four back for one more go next year, in a lot of ways they'll have to re-live that process since that group spent so little time on the floor together.
Certainly the memory of 2012-13 will help keep everyone in order, but some of the growing pains expected ast season will likely bleed into next, even under the best circumstances.