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Happy Pau Gasol Day

February 1, 2009 |  6:56 pm

Gasol_lakersUPDATE: Mike Bresnahan of the LAT reports the results of Andrew Bynum's MRI will be known on Monday.

With all the injury news, plus the Super Bowl, I almost forgot. It was one year ago today that the Lakers brought in All Star forward Pau Gasol from Memphis in exchange for (basically) peanuts. (I mean that literally. I'm not up on today's commodity prices, but there are likely people who really do believe that actual peanuts would have more value than the package LA surrendered, relative to the value they received in return.)

It's impossible to question the significance of Gasol's arrival for the Lakers.  And given the events of Saturday night, his presence is even more important, the incredibly unfortunate irony of how the point is being driven home put aside.