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Kobe Bryant Calls Out Pau Gasol

I Don’t Know, Man. It’s Looking Like Gasol’s Laker Days Are Numbered Right Now. For The 2nd Time In One Week Coach D’Antoni Benched Him For The Entire 4th Quarter For His Poor Play & Failure To Adjust To D’Antoni’s Run & Gun System. I Don’t Get How Benching Your 2nd/3rd Best Scoring Option Is Gonna Help You Win A Game (Which It Didn’t For The 2nd Time), But I’m Not A Coach w/ Credentials Or Accolades So Who Am I To Question His Motives? But Either Way, It Doesn’t Make Much Sense. And To Make Matters Worse For Gasol, Kobe Told The Media For Pau To “Put Your Big-Boy Pants On. Just Adjust. Just Adjust. You Can’t Whine About It. You Can’t Complain About It.” So In Others Words “Man Up F*ggot”. I’m Guessing Gasol’s Only Hope Is For Nash To Come Back & See Where Things Go From There, If Not He Might Be In A New Uniform Come February.

For the second time in five games, Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol watched the final minutes of the fourth quarter from the sidelines. Kobe Bryant says Gasol has to take it into his own hands to change that.

“Put your big-boy pants on,” Bryant said after the Lakers’ 113-103 loss to the Orlando Magic on Sunday that dropped the team’s record to 8-9. “Just adjust. Just adjust. You can’t whine about it. You can’t complain about it.”

Gasol was subbed out with 6:07 remaining in the fourth quarter and the Lakers up 84-83. Orlando outscored L.A. 30-19 the rest of the way. Gasol ended his night with 11 points of 4-for-11 shooting, seven rebounds, two assists and a block in 29 minutes.

“I don’t get irritated,” Gasol said of the benching. “I like to be out there. It’s upsetting for me as a player but I won’t allow it to irritate me.”

It was the second time the benching occurred with Gasol’s family in the building. The first time came against Marc Gasol and the Memphis Grizzlies and Gasol’s father and younger brother, Adria, were at Staples Center for the game Sunday.

Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni downplayed the difficulty of getting Gasol back on track.

“Just talk to him,” D’Antoni said. “There’s no magic words out there. He’s going to have to play. He still had 11 and seven and he’s playing, but we just have to be a more dynamic team. We’re slow right now. It’s just athletically, we’re struggling.”

D’Antoni added that he didn’t want to “lose Pau,” but Bryant assured that would not be a problem.

“We’re not going to lose him,” Bryant said. “That’s just not going to happen. I’ve been around him long enough. I know how to deal with him.”

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