Pau, Kobe and Phil still connected

For Gasol, the lessons of playing with Bryant and for Jackson remain powerful

Updated: November 20, 2013, 1:49 AM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

By now the image is iconic. In the first few hours after Dwight Howard told the world that he was leaving the Los Angeles Lakers to sign with the Houston Rockets, Lakers star Kobe Bryant posted a photo of himself and forward Pau Gasol embracing on the court with the hashtags #vamos, #juntos, #lakercorazon and #vino.

Simply translated: "We go together, Laker heart, Vino."

It was a poetic response to the close of a less-than-elegant period in Lakers history. And at the time, most ...

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