Few notes: Gasol will wear his number 16 with the Lakers. There’s a slight chance he won’t start, but still… he’ll likely be our starting center tonight.

O.C. Register: Pau Gasol’s No. 16 Lakers jersey was ready for him in Washington on Sunday, but now he’s ready to slip it over that mop of hair Tuesday night in New Jersey.

Gasol went through a triangle tutorial of a practice — Phil Jackson said he was out there doing a lot of physical walk-through, even though he was using his cane by the time I saw him — and was working at the center position. Jackson said he would start Gasol, assuming there are no setbacks with Gasol’s sore back.

“I’m still trying to get a feel with the triangle offense and all the options and reads, because there’s a lot of reading, which is not as good for me (right now),” Gasol said. “I’m still trying to get a feel and just process it all.

“I don’t think it’s hard to learn; you’ve just got to get used to it and get in the flow, that rhythm that all of my teammates are in from being in it and playing in it for obviously longer than I have.

About his balky back, Gasol said it is “under control.”

“It’s getting there. Good enough to perform well,” he said.

  • Banks

    I really hope that Pau can play tonight, just so I can see if he can live up to his reputation. Cause i really hope he can, just imagining when Bynum comes back and the MONSTAR line up we will have.
    Btw does anyone know why Pau Gasol has a sore back, and has that always been a problem?

  • foxxy

    WELCOME PAU…WELCOME TO THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS!!!!

  • GotGasol.com

    If he comes of the bench, the Nets bench is gonna be shittin their pants with farmar, vujacic, gasol!

  • kilacrosova

    Pau is a gifted player. I bet it will not take long for him to get the flow of the triangle. GO LAKERS! Cant wait for this game!

  • Ryan

    I’m feeling ready too. New Jersey is gonna be boned.

  • leo

    gasol will put up 20/10 tonite i feel it

  • lakersforlife77