It sounds like the Lakers could be receiving Gasol back into the lineup Thursday!

kobe-gasolO.C. Register: Ask Kobe Bryant to reflect on his 2007 demand to be traded away from the Lakers, and he will express appreciation for all the hard work an awful lot of people put in to make the Lakers better.

He also knows what made the Lakers the best.

“Things just worked out,” Bryant said. “I call Pau (Gasol) my gift from above. I just absolutely love that guy. I’m just happy it worked out the way it did, because I really didn’t want to leave here.”

Everyone was to the thunder and lightning in Bryant’s star partnership with Shaquille O’Neal. Bryant’s peaceful co-existence with Gasol has been like the still of the night.

Gasol is finally set to come back after missing more than a month with a right hamstring strain. In case anyone failed to notice, while Phil Jackson has been peppering Gasol with verbal jabs about malingering, Bryant hasn’t piled on once publicly.

Bryant prides himself on overcoming injuries and attending to his body, so it follows that he respects those who can do the same. But Bryant has just talked about how everyone recovers differently and said stuff like he did late Tuesday night – without a trace of judgment: “One of the greatest players in the world. That’s what we’re missing.”

Even politically correct Derek Fisher took a little poke at Gasol on Monday. Fisher put forth the idea that the Lakers should give Gasol the ball on every possession when he comes back as a means for making up missed labor.

“Some of us feel like, ‘Let him catch up to the rest of us,’ ” Fisher said, smiling.

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  • Short Dog

    It’s about time. My cervezas are already in the fridge for the ass kicking we will give the bulls.
    Lakers Back2Back

  • 242LakerFan

    I can’t fault Kobe for the Lakers’ worst two game stretch in three years. The whole team collapsed, not just him. I’ve had a groin injury like that. I didn’t even want to roll over in bed, much less play basketball. He’s superhuman for doing as much as he did in those first halves. Making the adjustment he did last night (I know it still hurts) and dropping 40? There is a handful of people in the world who could do that.
    I can’t fault Pau for taking the time to get right, either. He’s no Kobe Bryant, after all.
    But we’re in good shape. No one’s run away with anything. And now Batman has his Robin back; Costello his Abbot; Butch his Sundance; Obama his Bid…ew, maybe not. Anyway, now the band is back together, business is about to pick up.

    • WifelovesLuke

      You meant to say “Obama his Bin Ladin” right!

  • http://LakersNation Marwan

    Here we baby, Lakeshow is back and now we got our identity back, and Ron Ron can adjust to the full team’s offense.

    Ass kicking time!

  • http://twitter.com/nugge7 Jaime Quintanilla

    Welcome back!

  • drive-for-16th

    Lets show the bulls who we realy are at full power. GO GET EM

    • WifelovesLuke

      Without Luke, we’re not at full strength……

      Ok, let the bashing begin.

  • http://57.amklac kobe,bi-curious?

    we sure beat up the weaker teams….

  • HIGHFLYER

    SO WAT HAPPENED TO THE STACKHOUSE THING???