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Into the unknown for Pau Gasol

Whatever happens, it's clear he immersed himself in the reality of Lakers lore

Updated: April 29, 2013, 3:05 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Not many players leave the court with their team down by 23 points in the final game of a disheartening playoff sweep to a standing ovation.

But then again, not many players have done what Pau Gasol has for the Los Angeles Lakers in the five years since arriving here.

When it was over for Gasol -- after Kobe Bryant had squeezed his shoulders in appreciation once Gasol was on the bench, after another unnecessary timeout was called and the Lakers' benchwarmers-turned-starters ...

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