Lakers leaning on Pau Gasol

The path to a Lakers' three-peat will likely run through the Spaniard in the paint

Updated: October 26, 2010, 5:05 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

"I'm That Dude."

Pau Gasol wore a T-shirt with that statement on it a couple of weeks ago in Barcelona, where his hometown fans were literally climbing fences to get a look at their prized son and a mural of his scraggly haired head was being painted in his honor.

It was a welcome show of bravado from the Los Angeles Lakers forward. With Kobe Bryant slow to recover from offseason knee surgery and Andrew Bynum out for at least the first month of the regular season with a knee injury ...

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