Thats a reach. U cant compare a 18 game stretch to a 54 game stretch. I think the fact that LA was doing pretty damn good without Gasol shows they really didn't need him. Without Bynum being injured theyd be on a strong pace to have a great record. He makes them better ofcourse and just the thought of Bynum/Pau/Kobe is pretty serious but thats a broad comparison. Take Gasol of LA right now LA fans wouldn't cry to bad since they have Bynum coming back real soon. Gasol does make a difference but without him theyd still be pretty damn good (ofcourse with Bynum starting).
Who said they NEED him? I didn't. I am arguing he's a DIFFERENCE MAKER..learn the difference.
Read the bold underline above..you made my point FOR ME..having Pau makes the Lakers better and HE DOES make a difference...so who's really reaching?
The bottom line is that Pau makes a difference every SINGLE sample of games available SHOWS that the Lakers are BETTER with Pau then without him...period. There is no discussion, no debate, threadstarter/kobe stans lose and I am still right and you even admit it..so what are you even talking about
Funny as hell is that you can play whatever games you want with sample size..the bottom line is when Pau plays the Lakers win more often than when he doesn't this year. There is no debate about it. It's not like it was 5 games..this was damn near 1/4 of the season
and it's not even over yet.