Kobe Believes Trade Speculation Bothering Gasol
Kobe Bryant believes recent reports linking Pau Gasol to a trade with the Timberwolves have made it "an emotional couple of days for him."
"Personally I don't understand that crap," Bryant said regarding the Lakers' effort to trade Gasol. "But it is what it is. It's important for him to know we support him. I support him especially. I just want him to go out there and play hard and do what he does best for us."
Gasol shot 4-of-13 from the floor against the Suns on Friday, but insisted his poor performance had nothing to do with his standing with the Lakers.
"At times it crosses your mind, but not exactly when you're playing," Gasol said. "Obviously when you're playing, you're focused and you try to do the best that you can. It's something you have to shake off regardless at any time at any point."