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O.C. Register: As amusing as it was to see always earnest Andrew Bynum sitting at his locker before the game wearing his nerdy computer headset to learn Spanish from Rosetta Stone …

As refreshing as it was to see some sincere enthusiasm in the faces of longtime Lakers Luke Walton andLamar Odom while this team actually cared enough to try really hard …

As much as Pau Gasol’s voice began to take on a Jan Brady “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!” tone when asked one too many questions about Kobe Bryant not playing after Gasol had played and put up 26 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and three blocks …

Nothing from this Thursday night in Denver will be remembered, ultimately, except that Bryant had enough weakness and discomfort in a swollen right knee not to play. (Sorry, Pau.)

That’s because a month from now, maybe two, Bryant’s jumper will look as pretty as confetti falling from the rafters again. Or maybe it will be flat, his elevation won’t be quite right, his efficiency will be down and there will be no confetti for the Lakers this time around.

Either way, we’ll remember Phil Jackson and the Lakers did what they could to revive Bryant and this twice-surgically-repaired knee (2003 and ’06), and it worked or it didn’t. The ramifications are so monumental that it makes the gamble to sacrifice today for tomorrow easily worth it.

“We want him ready for the playoffs,” said Gasol, who was perfectly willing to answer the first time he was asked about Bryant not playing.

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