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Pau Gasol and Jason Kapono talk about Santa Claus [Video]

After the failed Chris Paul deal, the Lamar Odom trade, and in light of Kobe Bryant's recent wrist injury, Lakers fans are undoubtedly in need of some Christmas cheer.

So in an interview Wednesday, Pau Gasol and Jason Kapono talked about the Holidays with The Times.

When asked whether Gasol used to believe in Santa Claus, he said, "Of Course."

Why did he stop?

"Because I found some gifts in my parents' wardrobe closet, so obviously that made me wonder," Gasol said.

Kapono still believes in Santa, well, the  secret kind. If it were up to him, the team would continue their previous tradition of doing "Secret Santas," a gift exchange in which the players would buy a present for a teammate whom they randomly selected.

"I was hoping for Kobe [Bryant] to buy me, like, a helicopter to fly to the games...or maybe Pau to give me some Spanish wine or something special from Spain," Kapono said. "But I think I'm going to have to settle for a Costco card or something."

Kapono joshingly theorized that the team wasn't doing "Secret Santas" this season because Gasol and Bryant were hit hard by the money they lost during the lockout.

"I think because we started late, and the lockout cost us 20% of our salaries, budgets are a little tight this year," Kapono said.

Joked Gasol: "That's one way to look at it."


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--Melissa Rohlin

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