It's time for the Lakers to state the obvious and utter the three words that could save them from continuing their sad decline into NBA irrelevance:
Ciao, Pau Gasol.
Thanks for the championship memories. Thanks for being such a classy guy and investing so much of yourself in matters more important than basketball. Thanks for shrugging off actual and imagined trades while continuing to play your best.
Now see ya.
Rather than let Gasol walk for nothing in July, the Lakers should nudge him out the door before the Feb. 20 trade deadline in exchange for something more meaningful than the rest of this lost season.
Closer to last place in the Western...