Congrats, Pau! You freakin’ deserved it. Next year, Andrew Bynum. Seriously.

L.A. Times: Lakers forward Pau Gasol was selected to the Western Conference All-Stars as a reserve, The Times has learned from a source who was not authorized to announce it. Gasol was voted onto the team by NBA coaches. An official announcement will come today on TNT at 4:30 p.m.

Gasol, 28, is averaging 17.3 points, nine rebounds and 3.4 assists a game.

He has struggled in some games — including a forgetful 10-point effort Tuesday against Charlotte in which he was benched to start the second overtime — but he has come up big in the headline-grabbing games.

Gasol had 20 points and five assists in the Lakers’ Christmas Day victory over the Celtics, including numerous key baskets late in the fourth quarter. Then he had 22 points and 12 rebounds in the Lakers’ victory last week over Cleveland, making 11 of 13 shots.

Gasol was acquired last February from the Memphis Grizzlies, for whom he was an All-Star in 2006.

The All-Star Game will be played Feb. 15 in Phoenix.

  • MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

    Never any doubt!

  • http://www.nicklachey.us Nick Lachey USA

    How bout Kobe, Bynum, Pau all make the All-Star next year ;).

  • T.A.

    BIGGER STORY:

    SHAQ, KOBE and PHIL together again!!

  • Lakersno834

    I agree with T.A.. i think the biggest story of this All Star Game is Shaq Kobe and Phil together in one team.. Haha.. it will be a sight to see…

  • imfasterthanur

    I may be going out on a limb, but I have a feeling Yao Ming is going to sprain his ankle with 23 seconds left in the 4th quarter and Shaquille O’neal comes in for him. With the East winning by 1 point, Phil draws up an isolation play for Kobe Bryant. As he gets double teamed in the high-post area, Shaq cuts to the basket, Kobe spots him and lobs an alley-oop and Shaq emphatically dunks it in as time expires – pointing both hands in the direction of Kobe, as Kobe gives a non-chalant wink at his former teammate. The West wins by 1.

    The NBA – Where Laker Dynasties never die. lol

  • T.A.

    i want Shaq to come back to L.A. and come off the bench kinda like Zo did with the heat and win another title

  • xtro

    viva pau! viva espana! viva los lakers!

  • Michael_23

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    I like it. Will be on Sportscenter the entire evening.

  • penistone

    kaPAU!!!

  • gugy

    well deserved!

  • Smush Walton

    Shows you what hard work and intelligence can result in, unlike with the “versatile one”.

  • Lakers 24 7

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    …lol Like that dunk against Portland huh haha

    …good times

  • imfasterthanur

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    Exactly like that haha… good times

  • 323 TOWN

    EVEN THOUGH I’M A LAKER FAN.. PAU GASOL IS SOFT AS HELL!! ALL HE DOES IS SCREAM LIKE A FEMALE HE NEEDS TO MAN UP!!