First playoff win for Gasol a fitting story

Originally Published: April 19, 2008
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

LOS ANGELES -- If it felt like the good old days again in Lakerland -- the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs, appearing in the marquee Sunday afternoon broadcast network slot, breezing to a comfy opening victory -- it's because L.A. got back to the foundation that made its franchise great.

The names and giant jerseys high up the southern side of Staples Center bear witness to the Lakers' legacy. Sure, there's Baylor and West and Magic, but the collection of centers ...

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