L.A. Times: There were injuries to Kobe Bryant and Sasha Vujacic.

There were contract squabbles (Andrew Bynum) and squabbling players in contract years (Lamar Odom).

Through it all, there was one quiet constant for the Lakers this month.

Pau Gasol glided through his first preseason with the Lakers without any eye-catching activity, other than his smooth shooting (64%) and efficient 10.5-point average in 18.8 minutes a game.

Gasol is one of the few Lakers who won’t face contract issues at the end of the season — he is tied up until July 2011 — and he hasn’t had much to deal with this month, other than ongoing construction while remodeling his Redondo Beach home.

If anything, he seems to have adapted flawlessly to a new position.

He was rushed into the mix as a center when the Lakers acquired him in February, but he is now learning the triangle offense as a power forward.

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