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Friday, January 29, 2010
Lakers Poll, All-Star edition: On Gasol and Bynum

By Brian Kamenetzky

Thursday's results are in, and the Lakers went 1 for 2. Pau Gasol will represent the Lakers at the All-Star Game, while Andrew Bynum is staying home. (Or not taking the floor in Dallas, at least. Aside from that, he can go anywhere he wants.)  Having posted career highs nearly across the board after making clear his all-star ambitions coming into training camp, I'm sure Drew is disappointed. The resume wasn't quite strong enough to make the squad.

Or anything beyond "honorable mention" on Yahoo's All Snub team, for that matter.

It's certainly tough for Bynum to argue he's more deserving than the guys who did get the nod. Except, perhaps, for Gasol.  I believe Pau is among the league's elite big men. It's hard to overstate his importance to the Lakers. He needs to touch the ball far more often than he does. But as I wrote yesterday, 17 games is just too many to miss and still be on an All-Star team over qualified candidates who have put in more time. It's a math problem, not a judgment on the quality of Gasol's play.

Clearly, Western Conference coaches disagree. Do you? Dig out your special voting mouse and click away, then explain your decisions in the comments below.