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Video: Pau Gasol, happy to still be with the Lakers

Mar 15, 2012, 9:25 PM EDT

It was a rough first half of the season for Pau Gasol.

Ever since training camp, when he was included in the trade that would have sent him out of town in exchange for Chris Paul, except that it was vetoed … well, it was never really agreed to by the Hornets’ ownership, so technically the trade was never made, and thus, it wasn’t vetoed. David Stern himself will remind you of this if the topic is ever brought up in his presence, as it was during his press conference over All-Star weekend in Orlando …

Wait, where was I? Oh, yes. Gasol.

The Lakers star forward, a member of two championship teams, has been mentioned in legitimate trade rumors since before the season began. It caused Kobe Bryant to speak out publicly against the organization, and caused Gasol to play with his mind clearly elsewhere for several stretches to this point in the season.

All that appears to be over now that the trade deadline has passed. Gasol has moved on, and seemed relieved and happy in the video message above he posted after the trade deadline had passed. The loss of Derek Fisher will definitely be felt in the locker room, but a focused and motivated Gasol in the season’s second half should do wonders for the Lakers as they march towards the postseason.

  1. limonadamas - Mar 15, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    I hate Stern.

    Pau gets blasted way too much by Laker nation for what he isn’t. There’s a reason why so many teams covet him as a player. Arguably the most skilled big man in the league.

    The guy’s a winner, a class act, and a future HOFer.

    • loungefly74 - Mar 16, 2012 at 10:25 AM

      nailed it.

  2. buboy4life - Mar 15, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    That sucks to see Fisher gone but his time has been well served as its been way over due for him in LA best of luck in Houston

  3. fotydaze - Mar 16, 2012 at 6:04 AM

    Fish will get bought out by houston and re sign with the lakers for the championship run then retire in purple and gold as he should. A class act always D. Fish

    • Kurt Helin - Mar 17, 2012 at 12:01 PM

      The CBA prevents the Lakers from signing him for a year.

  4. mightyquinn69 - Mar 16, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Oh yeah! The rest of the league better watch out now!

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