Don't feel sorry for
Kobe Bryant played only six games this season and
The Lakers had never lost by that many to the
"It's weird," Gasol said. "I'm sure it feels weird to them as well to see the team that we have out there and what we had in recent years. We're not on the top end of the stick right now but better times will come."
But the Lakers (22-44) are terrible. And Gasol has been to three
It's weird how the Lakers are already eliminated from playoff contention.
"It's something that didn't need to be said or brought up. People know, unfortunately," Gasol said. "Let's see if we can play a little more with each other instead of trying so hard individually because it's usually very deceptive and doesn't help our result again."
Gasol, 33, makes $19.3 million this season. He'll have offers from several teams when he becomes a free agent in July.
"I'm a survivor. I fight and I keep going," he said, managing a smile. "It's definitely been a very frustrating season in different aspects. But at the same time, I'm still playing basketball, still playing in the
Now they're even getting hurt in practice.
Jordan Farmar suffered a strained groin Monday at the team's training facility, possibly leaving the Lakers again with only one available point guard.
Nash is out the rest of the season and
Coach Mike D'Antoni didn't mention to players that the Lakers were mathematically eliminated from playoffs Friday. But he wants some semblance of order from now until April 16, their last game.
"We've been talking about the whole time just trying to be better, trying to play better and making sure we don't jump ship," he said. "Everybody stay and just make as good a showing as we can. Guys have got their future to work for and we're going to try to help them."
Nick Young practiced Monday and might return Friday against Washington. He has sat out 16 of 17 games because of a fracture and bone bruise in his left knee… Gasol on Bryant's return next season: "He feels very confident that he's going to be back at the best level he's ever been. I've got to go with what he says."