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Bryant: Gasol injury may push Howard

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08:06 AM ET 02.06 | For one moment Tuesday night in Brooklyn, Kobe Bryant rose above it all. [Bryant] had some fun with a rim-rattling dunk he treated the world to when he drove the lane and scored between two defenders and defied age, a sore elbow and the toll of 17 NBA seasons. "After a play like that, you really can't grab your arm," Bryant said. "You're messing up the swag of the moment. You've got to kind of suck it up for a while." That's what [Dwight Howard] will have to do now, Bryant hinted. Suck it up. Asked if [Pau Gasol's] injury would apply pressure for Howard to return to the lineup, Bryant said, "Maybe." ... "When you have an injury that hurts you, but you can play through, that's something that you have to balance out and manage."

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February 6, 2013  09:04 AM ET

Hopefully it will push Howrad in the right direction.

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February 6, 2013  09:16 AM ET

The Black Mamba speaks words of a champion.

February 6, 2013  09:24 AM ET

Don't Be Penny Wise And Dollar Foolish, Bro.

February 6, 2013  09:30 AM ET
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The Black Mamba speaks words of a champion.

Killer dunk last night too. Added a Wallace/Humphries poster to the collection...

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February 6, 2013  09:51 AM ET

They say old man talk a lot but Kobe's overdoing it... he needs to recognize that these players are his coworkers not some scrubs that he can talk smack about... If I'm Howard I won't be happy to have another player question how I manage my injuries and play through pain... Kobe comes off as very arrogant to me...

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February 6, 2013  09:58 AM ET

The Lakers shouldn't need Howard for the Bobcats and the game against Miami is pretty much a guaranteed loss. Let Dwight rest and play small ball.

February 6, 2013  09:59 AM ET
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Gasol was 6 of 16 with just 2, count 'em....2 assists.

You became a Russell Westbrook fan? Wow! So I guess now you're with me and want him on the Lakers.

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