Apr 10, 2013, 6:03 PM EDT
The Lakers have struggled to get the most from Pau Gasol this season, so, as is often the case when the Lakers struggle, Kobe Bryant took matters into his own hands. Case in point, Kobe’s conversation with Gasol during last night’s game against the Hornets. Via Melissa Rohlin of the Los Angeles Times:
“I basically told him, dude, especially when I’m not in the game, you just gotta go to the block and not move,” Bryant recalled. “When I’m out there, I can slow the game down, call plays off, and just give it to him — but if I’m not, then listen, you just gotta go to the block and not move. Just stand there.”
Gasol reluctantly followed Bryant’s advice.
“That’s not my personality,” Gasol said. “I like my team and my coaching staff to want me to be there instead of positioning myself there. But hey, it is what it is.”
This story jives with everything we know about Kobe: He’s often pushy, and he’s usually right.
In the seven minutes he played without Kobe, Gasol shot 2-for-2, making both baskets in post-up situations.