The trade that changed the NBA

The balance of power shifted on Feb. 1, 2008, when Kupchak added Gasol

Updated: February 2, 2010, 4:21 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

Like all legendary palace coups, it happened late at night when no one was looking.

Somehow, the news held until morning. When it finally broke, it seemed as if the whole world had changed. From one of the darkest corners of the NBA, the Lakers found light in the form of a very tall Spaniard.

Pau Gasol was a Laker.

Just nine months earlier Kobe Bryant had taken a verbal blowtorch to the organization, screaming to any sports talk show that would have him that he'd rather ...

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