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Kobe calls out Pau: 'Put your big-boy pants on'

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08:09 AM ET 12.03 | For the second time in a little over a week, Pau Gasol watched the final minutes of a Lakers game from the bench. Kobe Bryant says that 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 just 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.

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December 3, 2012  08:13 AM ET

It's about time Gasol. Gotta figure out your game, after all you make $19m bro.

December 3, 2012  08:26 AM ET

Ball don't lie.

December 3, 2012  08:31 AM ET

Wait a minute. The game was 84-83, Lakers in the lead. Gasol is benched with 6 minutes left and the Lakers then lose by 10. And this is Gasol's fault? Really?

December 3, 2012  08:35 AM ET
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Wait a minute. The game was 84-83, Lakers in the lead. Gasol is benched with 6 minutes left and the Lakers then lose by 10. And this is Gasol's fault? Really?

I don't think they are blaming Gasol for the loss but his production this season.

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December 3, 2012  08:41 AM ET

Dandummy is alienating players again. Pau is being used wrong. He wants him to shoot jumpers instead of a post game ala amare. They needed energy but the energy guy Jordan hill set on the bench and never played one minute. This is going to end bad

December 3, 2012  08:41 AM ET

So Howard loss to his former team?

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December 3, 2012  08:53 AM ET
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What's funny is that Dwight is now taking jump shots... Lakers fanatics should love that. They got a great coach. I'm so glad that they love how Dumbtonie talks. He just irritates me. He has whining face...

lol
Did D'umbtoni bugged you when he was in Phoenix?
I did not like him either but you seem to be really bothered by him.

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December 3, 2012  08:56 AM ET
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You beat me to it. Can you imagine if he was in? They would have won. They should have taken out Dwight and let him come back the last 2 minutes. It's called bad coaching and the team is going to get worse w/ their mentality. I wonder what was Kobe's assist number last night. I bet it's 5...lolI'm gonna killed again by homers...

Granted, Howard missing free throws down the stretch killed their offense, as the Magic went Hack-A-Howard, but Gasol wasn't doing much. Before he was taken out, the Lakers had a lead at the 8 minute mark (84-77), only to watch Gasol flounder in the post on multiple possessions. That's what started the Magic run (it was 11-0, I believe, and Magic up 88-84). The Magic just got incredibly hot down the stretch. Redick, Afflalo and Nelson couldn't miss and they hit like 8 straight shots, including 4 threes. Game over. Gasol sucked, but this is as much about heart and desire as it is anything else. They didn't play like they wanted the game at the end, and Orlando did.

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December 3, 2012  09:02 AM ET

One more thing, I know that Steve Nash isn't going to help them play better defense, but his ability to run the offense and hit open shots, something the other Laker point guards struggle with, should help make the offense more efficient. That should help them stay engaged and help them play with more energy. I'm not saying that Nash fixes all of the problems, but he definitely makes a difference.

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December 3, 2012  09:03 AM ET
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Sounds like the perimeter defense didn't do their part in the end.

Defense, period, was the issue down the stretch. The Magic moved the ball extremely well and hit some open shots, as well as some contested shots. Orlando scored 40 points in the 4th and 30 in the last 6 minutes.

December 3, 2012  09:05 AM ET
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can you imagine how giddy orlando ownership was after what they've been through.... ?! then the flip side is, Laker management and Kobe thought that their team was fleecing orlando into giving them DH.... That story will always be very interesting.... it'll be books one day and I can't wait to read about it...

They didn't fleece Orlando for Howard. Orlando seems pretty content with what they have. They fleeced Philadelphia for Howard. How do you think the 76ers feel about how they ended up in that deal right now?

December 3, 2012  09:07 AM ET

And, again, the season is young. All Lakers ans expected much, MUCH more out of this team to this point, but there is still a LONG way to go. The Heattrio started out 9-8 in their first season together and that was WITH a healthy roster. I'm not trying to excuse the way that they've played. There is no excuse for not hustling or playing with a sense of urgency and pride, but they have plenty of time to figure it out.

December 3, 2012  09:07 AM ET
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No! He is all yours! And the coach for that Suns team was really Nash. Enjoy your new coach. I don't know why I have to be the one to defend PJ for you guys?

Not sure why you think you need to defend PJ. Most laker "fanatics" you like to call wanted PJ in the first place.
People were chanting We Want Phil, etc.
since he is not here, we must hope D'umbtoni will make this work.

 
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