Kobe Bryant acknowledged the problem with Gasol coming back to start
Kobe: "It threw us out of rhythm. We got adjusted to play a certain way and now we have to adjust again."
This is the VERY problem. Yet in the very next statement Kobe stresses patience with Gasol..
Kobe: "He just has to get his legs back,"
We don't have time to wait on him, Nash has said so himself to bring him off the bench till those legs come back but NOT start him.
Hate to half steal a quote from you but "We don't have time to wait on Gasol's legs to get back."
Its too late in the season withj 10 games back if we keep starting him by the time he gets his legs back we'll be out of the playoffs and it will be too late.
We should stick with what worked before but above all else as the leader of the locker room Kobe wants Gasol starting and is willing to be more patient with him than with anyone else on the roster. This is why Gasol has such an entitled attitude, and until Kobe learns to let him go and stop being patient with him, maybe we can get back to business.
But as long as our leader who cares about nothing other than winning stresses to us and probably the coach that we need to "be patient with Gasol till he gets his legs back" the more the team will suffer.
Even with his legs back he was going 12-8 and shooting 34 percent from the post and the block.
Even at 100 percent Kobe he needs to come off the bench. It's time for you to let go, and the team and coaching staff to as well.
I'd rather Gasol be crying coming off the bench while we enter the playoffs than happy as sunshine while we fall to the 9th seed. And deep down inside, Kobe has to get to that point too.
Simple as that.