Pivot Points: Is Pau Gasol the Key to a Los Angeles Lakers’ Repeat Lock?

December 15th, 2009 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
The hopes of a Los Angeles Lakers' repeat bid may hinge on the play of one of their most talented, versatile, and multi-dimensional players and he doesn't wear the jersey that reads No. 24.

Pau Gasol may be the key to the Lakers' chances in June, and due to his height and wide array of skills he may be the single most important player on the Lakers' roster.

It's no secret how much Gasol means to Los Angeles, because before his arrival the Lakers were on the ropes and in dire need of a savior for their season. Andrew Bynum had just went down and the Lakers' season seemed to be on the brink of disaster.

That Lakers' team had surprised the whole league through the improved play of Bynum, and were actually at the top of the Western Conference standings before his injury.

The season seemed destined to end in failure until Los Angeles was able to acquire Gasol for next to nothing. Who would have ever thought that Kwame Brown would be responsible for adding a center-piece to the Laker team?

Gasol's presence in the middle immediately upgraded the Lakers and helped propel them to the NBA Finals in 2008, and his play was instrumenta ...

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