Pau Gasol and Mike D’Antoni seem to go through strange phases, with rough patches being present more often than good patches.
However, Kobe Bryant is sure that his childhood hero and favorite Spaniard of all-time will get through this spat just like they did the previous ones, just like married couples do.
via Ramona Shelburne:
[pullquote]”That’s every year. They’re like an old couple,” Bryant said dismissively Friday night, when tensions between Gasol and Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni boiled over once again. “That’s every year. It’s not really anything new. It’s not a big deal.”[/pullquote]
I know, Kobe said “every year” when Mike has only been in L.A. for one season (but, man – doesn’t it seem longer that?).
It looks like Bryant is right, though, as D’Antoni called a team meeting before Friday night’s game in Oklahoma City and both the coach and Gasol have resisted from firing any shots at each other through the media since then.