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Pau Gasol: The Rock In The Middle For Lakers

Today on Silver Screen and Roll, C.A. Clark continued the player preview series with a summary of Pau Gasol, who is poised to have a big season. With the various injuries on the Lakers -- Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum recovering from knee surgeries, to name a few -- Gasol is becoming Mr. Dependable for the purple and gold:

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In the crazy, chaotic world that is the Los Angeles Lakers organization, Pau Gasol is the one person everyone can look at without a single ounce of concern or doubt. He is a superstar, possibly the best player at his position in the league. He has no problems with ego, no issue with the fact that, despite his pedigree, his ranking on this squad is clearly #2. And, surrounded by a team full of problems related to health, age, and over-obligation, the best part of thinking about Pau Gasol is to realize that he's healthy, well-rested, and still in his prime.

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Since acquiring Gasol in February 2008, the Lakers have won 74.6% of their games (a 61-win pace over a full season) and made three straight NBA Finals, winning the last two titles. His health and production are a key to a run at a third straight title for the Lakers.

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