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March 6, 2012 | By Mark Medina
-- Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick reports that "Minnesota General Manager David Kahn Minnesota is still attempting to land Gasol, and that push is likely to continue all the way until the deadline. "  -- The Times' Mike Bresnahan explains why the Lakers have improved their play. -- The Orange County Register's Janis Carr focuses on Andrew Goudelock's progression as a rookie. -- The Detroit Free Press' Vince Ellis talks to Tayshaun Prince about winning the 2004 NBA Finals against the Lakers.
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April 12, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Emerging from the rubble of the Lakers' worst season since moving to Los Angeles was the story of someone who shall inherit the earth. Or at least a really nice pay raise. Jodie Meeks has been the Lakers' most consistent player, managing to avoid serious injury and continually putting in an honest night's work during a dreadful season for the franchise. He is averaging a career-best 15.6 points, almost double his output last season, but faces the same off-season question as almost everyone on the roster.
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May 4, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Nearly every practice ends with Lakers guard Ramon Sessions performing 20 push-ups. It means he just lost a shooting contest once again to Pau Gasol, leaving Sessions with the same frustrated feeling the Denver Nuggets have felt this first-round series when the 7-foot forward nails mid-range jumpers with deadly accuracy. But Sessions had other concerns after finally beating Gasol after Thursday's practice. Gasol boasted to Sessions that he'll also try to record 10 assists in a game at some point.
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April 3, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Pau Gasol might have played his last game in a Lakers uniform. The team is leaning toward sitting him for its final seven games while he recovers from a severe recurrence of vertigo. He won't play Friday against Dallas after dizziness kept him confined at the team hotel Wednesday while the Lakers played Sacramento. He flew back on the team charter that night after missing a fifth game because of the illness. INTERACTIVE: The Lakers ever-changing lineup It was the latest downturn in a rough season for Gasol.
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May 18, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Growing up, Pau Gasol came to a crossroads at which he had to decide whether to pursue a medical career or play professional basketball. He soon chose the latter, but the Lakers forward has still tapped into his interest in medicine. His involvement has become so wide-ranging that Gasol won this year's  J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award.  Gasol won for his efforts supporting the medical field. Last year, Lakers forward Metta World Peace (then Ron Artest) won for his extensive involvement with supporting mental health charities.
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June 28, 2012 | By Mark Medina
The NBA draft begins Thursday evening, so of course that means Pau Gasol's standing with the Lakers remains in limbo. Gasol has felt resigned with uncertainty ever since the nixed Chris Paul trade. Considering that the Lakers fell in the Western Conference semifinals for the second consecutive season, it's likely that feeling could last all next season - unless the Lakers trade Gasol, of course. The latest scenario, as reported by The Times' Mike Bresnahan , involved the Atlanta Hawks trying to trade power forward Josh Smith for Gasol.
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July 28, 2012 | By Mark Medina
On the best days, here's how Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol interact. They high-five each other. They rub each other's heads. They express appreciation for their complementary styles. On the worst days, here's how Bryant and Gasol interact. Bryant questions Gasol's aggressiveness. Gasol laments Bryant's high-volume shooting coming at the expense of crisp ball movement. In their Game 5 loss to Oklahoma City in the Western Conference semifinals, they even argued. But never had the two interacted this way. Bryant and Gasol posed in a photo Friday night moments before the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics wearing their unique garb.
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August 27, 2012 | By Mark Medina
With the starting lineup the Lakers have accumulated, it's a hard task to dissect any significant weaknesses. Long ago the lightning rod for criticism, the Lakers' point guard spot suddenly becomes dangerous with Steve Nash directing the offense. Kobe Bryant's prolific scoring will become more efficient now that he'll relieve ball handling duties. Dwight Howard remains the league's top center both in scoring on the low block and denying looks inside. He has a trusty sidekick in Pau Gasol to facilitate and complement his post presence.
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April 29, 2012 | By Mark Medina
For the last five minutes, Andrew Bynum ended Saturday's practice in the same fashion that earned him a benching just over a month ago. He shot three-pointers. And he made the most of them. But what proved more important in that session happened moments earlier when Bynum and Pau Gasol took turns defending each other in the post. Their size presence alone gives the Lakers the most distinguishable advantage heading into their first-round series beginning Sunday at Staples Center against the Denver Nuggets.
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March 8, 2012 | By Mark Medina
The Lakers' championship aspirations significantly hinge on whether the team can make a blockbuster deal before the March 15 deadline. Their stagnant offense significantly points to the Lakers' lacking at the point-guard spot. The Lakers need a youth injection so that the team's foundation remains in good hands once Kobe Bryant retires possibly as early as two years from now when his contract expires. Yet, it's not clear-cut that the solution to the Lakers' problems involves trading Lakers forward Pau Gasol.
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April 2, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
SACRAMENTO - Pau Gasol's vertigo came back with a vengeance and Chris Kaman's right calf wouldn't cooperate. It was almost time for assistant coaches Kurt Rambis and Mark Madsen to suit up for the Lakers. "Only if they let me wear the short shorts," Rambis said beforehand and, yeah, that wasn't really possible. So the Lakers plowed ahead with nine players and lost to the equally awful Sacramento Kings, 107-102, on Wednesday at Sleep Train Arena. The Lakers (25-50)
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April 1, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
The two towers approach delivered a single, familiar result. Another Lakers loss. Pau Gasol got his wish, the chance to play next to fellow 7-footer Chris Kaman, but nothing really changed Tuesday in a 124-112 victory by the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center. Gasol and Kaman didn't show much chemistry together, but was that surprising at all this season? BOX SCORE: Portland 124, Lakers 112 Also in the predictable file: Steve Nash left in the second quarter because of a sprained left ankle.
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March 30, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Chris Kaman found time to joke about his best game with the Lakers. The rest of the season, excruciating at worst and challenging at best, melted behind him. He had 28 points, 17 rebounds and six assists in an easy 115-99 victory Sunday over the Phoenix Suns. "I actually thought I had 30 because my career high was 29 a bunch of times. That last play, Jodie [ Meeks ] was open so I threw it to him," Kaman said. Had he shot it down low on that late fourth-quarter play, it probably would have gone in. Kaman didn't mind on a night he made 13 of 19 shots.
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March 29, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
He's often the forgotten one in the Lakers' mash-up of who's coming-who's going after this season. It's easy to understand why Robert Sacre is overlooked even though he's one of only four Lakers under contract after June - three if you toss out Nick Young , who is expected to decline a player option for $1.2 million. In the race to analyze/criticize the $23.5 million coming to Kobe Bryant next season and the $9.7 million due to Steve Nash , Sacre's $915,243 just doesn't measure up. But he'll be here unless he's traded.
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March 27, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
  MILWAUKEE - Somehow the days get even more unpredictable for Chris Kaman. He went 10 games in a row without getting off the bench, then started for the Lakers on Tuesday against the New York Knicks because Pau Gasol was sidelined by vertigo. He also voiced his displeasure that day with this season, saying he "can't wait till it's over," a shot at Coach Mike D'Antoni and the small-ball concept. That was the easy part for Kaman. He did not travel with the Lakers the day before Thursday's game against the Milwaukee Bucks because he stayed in Los Angeles for a family member's undisclosed medical procedure.
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March 26, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
MILWAUKEE - It's been a common theme this season, all those Lakers in the last year of their contracts. It can lead to friction - Pau Gasol poked at the selfishness of some teammates after a loss last month in Memphis - and can obviously lead to frayed play. But Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni has a different view. He hopes everybody is incentivized to play the final 12 games with a purpose, even if it's primarily financial. "They're auditioning for 29 general managers.
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October 5, 2012 | By Mark Medina
The basketball zipped across the court at blazing speed. Before anyone could fully process how to defend it, Pau Gasol demonstrated his versatility in a split second. He caught Steve Nash's pass in traffic. Just as defenders swarmed to him outside the paint, Gasol flicked the ball with a quick touch. His sharp vision ensured Dwight Howard received an open look inside. After a pump fake, Howard then slammed a two-handed dunk. Howard's finishing slam understandably drew attention.
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October 3, 2012 | By Mark Medina
No longer do the Lakers face the nagging question of whether Andrew Bynum can stay healthy. It affected them for seven years as Bynum slowly but surely became an elite center. It left the training staff busily in finding ways to keep his creaky knees healthy. It left the Lakers' coaching staff exercising caution so another incident wouldn't occur. That's why the news that Bynum will sit out at least three weeks at the opening of Sixers training camp partly because of a bone bruise in his right knee sounded all too familiar.
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March 25, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Phil Jackson wasn't overly visible Tuesday at Staples Center, hanging out in a luxury suite in a corner across from the New York Knicks' bench. Probably better that way for him. His former team drilled his new team, the Lakers bashing New York, 127-96, in front of a keyed-up crowd that hadn't seen a victory this one-sided all season. BOX SCORE: Lakers 127, New York 96 The Lakers avoided another loss and also the "We want Phil!" chants that would drift through the arena from time to time.
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March 23, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
The surreal state of the Lakers - they lose even when they win. They beat the Orlando Magic, 103-94, Sunday at Staples Center and ended a four-game losing streak with a career-high 28 points from Jordan Hill. But Pau Gasol couldn't finish the game, staying in the locker room at halftime after feeling dizzy and nauseated. He received three liters of IV solution, a sizable amount, and was to spend the night at a hospital for precautionary reasons. Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni theorized it was an illness or influenza though admitted he did not know what caused Gasol's discomfort.
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