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08:08 AM ET 12.05 | Kobe Bryant offered public support to ailing teammate Pau Gasol, who missed Tuesday's game and is likely out Wednesday, too. Bryant and Gasol had a lengthy summit Monday night at the team hotel in Houston. ... ESPNLosAngeles.com reported earlier Tuesday that Gasol [was] not sitting out Tuesday's game because a trade involving the former four-time All-Star is in the works. But a source told ESPNLosAngeles.com that Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak has recently spoken to Gasol's representatives to let them know that the team will have no choice but to explore possible trade scenarios if Gasol is unable to adjust to D'Antoni's system. Tuesday's comments from Bryant echo similar statements he made last season in Gasol's defense.

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December 5, 2012  08:20 AM ET

Lakers give Gasol an ultimatum...

Put on your big boy pants or give them to Dwight?

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December 5, 2012  08:43 AM ET

damn, Howard gets 20+ millions a year and he can't make his free throws

December 5, 2012  08:44 AM ET

So was the loss Gasols fault? Dandummy is a idiot .and they loss last night because of their defense get use to that Lakers fans dandummy doesn't like defense

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December 5, 2012  08:52 AM ET
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damn, Howard gets 20+ millions a year and he can't make his free throws

I'm not sure Howard has ever been able to make free throws. Good morning everyone.

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December 5, 2012  08:55 AM ET
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Seriously, though. Who are they going to trade him to and for? He doesn't have anymore upside to compliment that large contract next year. It'll be hard enough to get salaries to match up for what the Lakers are going to want back in return.

Rumor has it, Love/Rubio for Pau talks are all but done!

December 5, 2012  08:56 AM ET
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If this team is healthy come April, there is no team out west that will want to play them in the playoffs. Moving Pau and getting back a lesser player isn't smart unless we see ha can't work with Nash.

You know I don't see it with this coach.

December 5, 2012  08:58 AM ET

The Lakers can blame Pau all they want, but he is not the problem. If they want to trade him, I say go for it. It will only make the Lakers worse and help just about any other team.

Last night's game should be a preview of what the Lakers can expect if they don't have Gasol.

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December 5, 2012  09:00 AM ET
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Lakers fanatics are blind. Somehow they didn't see what happened in NY.

Come on Guam. You're much more handsome when you're not attacking Lakers fans.

Besides, it's not like we didn't appreciate the two titles!

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