Pau Gasol reminds us what he can be

Back in the starting lineup, Lakers' center is key cog in L.A.'s first road win of 2013

Updated: February 2, 2013, 3:11 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- It was a come-full-circle kind of day for Pau Gasol.

It was five years ago Friday that Gasol was traded from the Memphis Grizzlies to the Los Angeles Lakers -- a tenure with the team that has included three All-Star appearances, three trips to the Finals and two NBA titles -- and yet Gasol needed Dwight Howard's latest injury just to crack the starting lineup again.

I know, the Oscars are this month, but forget " Life of Pi" and consider Life of Pau.

With Howard ...

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