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Pau Gasol forcing his way into the post on Kobe Bryant's insistence
For far too long, Pau Gasol willingly played his role even if he didn't like the circumstances. Even if he didn't like the fact that the Lakers didn't feature him in the post. Even if Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni asked him to become more of a facilitator and outside shooter. Even if Gasol reluctantly -- albeit briefly -- accepted a bench role.
But with the Lakers trying to salvage what so far has become a disastrous season, Pau Gasol has resorted to what helped secure the team back-to-back championships. In the Lakers' 104-96 victory Tuesday over the New Orleans Hornets at Staples Center, Gasol posted 22 points on 9 of 15 shooting, 11 rebound, four assists and three blocks, marking his seventh consecutive double-digit effort at a time when a certain ally named Kobe Bryant has encouraged him to force his will.
"He tells me to run to the post, take it and screw everything else," Gasol said. "That's not my personality. I like my team and my coaching staff to want me to be there instead of positioning myself there. It helps that Kobe has a lot of control with what happens out there. He wants me to be there and sees that it works and is supportive."
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