Life is good when you win.
After the Lakers lost three in a row, Pau Gasol had a rough time. He called out Mike D’Antoni’s offense, he wasn’t happy with his role, and the whole situation just got ugly. Now, the Lakers beat Charlotte on Saturday night, and it was all smiling and joking afterwards.
Mike D’Antoni had some nice things to say about Gasol, but Kobe was having a little fun with him. Brant had seven turnovers in the game, and Gasol had six of his own. After the win, Bryant had some interesting comments in regards to his turnovers:
“I’m [going to] light into him a little bit,” Bryant said to Time Warner Cable Sports, “He’s killing me with the turnovers because he can’t catch the damn ball.” He said this with a smile on his face, and everything was hunky-dory because they came out on top.
Well, if you thought he was kidding, you don’t know Kobe:
Kobe said he yelled at Pau (good-naturedly) one last time in the locker room, saying: "I can't throw him the ball if he's got no thumbs!"
— KEVIN DING (@KevinDing) December 15, 2013
Oh sure, everything is funny because you won, but let’s see how much smiling will be done if he turns the ball over and they lose. The Lakers won this game because Pau Gasol made plays on both ends late. He did so without thumbs, apparently.