Pau Gasol gets wake-up call

Updated: April 18, 2011, 10:48 PM ET
By Stephen A. Smith | ESPNLosAngeles.com

At some point, all things that evolve around the Los Angeles Lakers aren't about the game's preeminent star with five rings, a coach with 11 rings, a franchise desperately hunting for ring No. 17 or a city showing zero interest in achieving anything less.

There comes a point when it's time to get down and dirty, when nastiness usurps friendship, decorum or the proverbial team-first mentality -- in an effort to win playoff games. And if that time has not arrived for Pau Gasol, perhaps ...

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