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Pau Gasol shares a Spanish New Year's tradition

December 30, 2010 | 10:54 pm

The Lakers' game Friday night against the Philadelphia 76ers will likely end shortly before New Year's Day, leaving the team, media and Staples Center personnel alike scrambling to wrap up an evening's work as quickly as possible so they ring in the New Year.

Let's just hope the traffic isn't that bad.

Lakers forward Pau Gasol already has his plans mapped out, probably joining friends and engaging the Spanish tradition of eating 12 grapes as midnight strikes.

"12 grapes brings you luck," said Gasol, a native of Barcelona, Spain. "You have to drink the Champagne to get them down."

--Mark Medina

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