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Kobe Bryant tells Pau Gasol to be the Black Swan

Feb 2, 2011, 10:40 AM EDT

Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol

Pau Gasol is a lot of things. Skilled. Spanish. Intellectual. A good guy.

But he often defers. When Kobe Bryant steps up his aggressive play, Gasol will fade back.

That’s not what Kobe wants — he wants a true partner — so he explained it to Gasol is an intellectual (or at least pseudo-intellectual) way, using the soon to be Best Picture, according to Kevin Ding at the Orange County Register.

“Even when he was in Memphis and he was the go-to guy, he was always very nice,” Bryant said of Gasol. “Very white swan. I need him to be black swan. Be an (expletive) sometimes.”

If you haven’t seen Black Swan… no way I’m going to explain it to you here. Complex movie designed to screw with your mind, plus I’d have to explain how in Swan Lake one ballerina is expected to play the innocent white swan and more devilish black swan. I guess I just did. Suffice to say that in the movie one ballerina played by Natalie Portman thrives as the soloist white swan but does not fit the other personality of being “an (expletive).”

You get the idea. Apparently so did Gasol as he played well against Houston for the most part.

  1. hnirobert3 - Feb 2, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    An (expletive)? What did he say? F’er? I can’t decipher Kobe’s Da Vinci code.

  2. genericcommenter - Feb 2, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    They give you the expletive by putting “an” in front of it.

  3. zblott - Feb 2, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    How good would the Lakers be if they actually had two true options down the stretch of a tight game? Currently they only sit 7th in the Power Rankings:

    http://www.behindthebasket.com/btb/2011/1/30/hoops-karma-power-rankings-22.html

  4. loungefly74 - Feb 2, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    the zen master will have them ready come play-off time…

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