- Tom Haberstroh
No one knows for sure how long Pau Gasol will be out with a hamstring injury, but if it lingers like the one he suffered at the start of the season, it looks as though the Lakers power forward will be sitting for some time. For Lamar Odom and Andrew Bynum, the injury means more responsibility on both ends of the floor. For Kobe Bryant however, it means something different. Get ready for Kobe to morph into that mid-50s, sweaty YMCA guy who overpowers the younger, nimbler foe on the block.
For all the talk about age forcing Kobe Bryant to become more of a post-up player, there might be another explanation. Insider examines Kobe's game with and without Pau Gasol (injured again) in the lineup and finds some stark differences.