L.A. now favorites with Gasol 

February, 1, 2008
02/01/08
4:07
PM ET
I think Pau Gasol might win a playoff game now. And I think Kobe might finally back off that trade demand.

The brilliant trade the Lakers made today, in which they traded a sack of leftovers to Memphis for the Spanish power forward, is a far better move than anything they could have done with Jason Kidd and puts the finishing touches on a seemingly overnight transformation from one-man team into title-contending juggernaut.

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