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Lakers Shootaround Report: Bryant "Old," Nash Helping Howard

Pau Gasol skipped Friday's shootaround and will not be available for the Lakers against the Thunder on Friday night



    Lakers Shootaround Report: Bryant "Old," Nash Helping Howard
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    Steve Nash #10 of the Los Angeles Lakers throws a pass against the Portland Trail Blazers at Citizens Business Bank Arena on Oct. 10, 2012 in Ontario.

    Steve Nash was reportedly giving Dwight Howard some free-throw tips at shootaround on Friday morning. Considering Nash is a career 90 percent free throw shooter, Howard appeared to be paying attention.

    The “Hack-a-Howard” doesn’t appear to be going anywhere, so the best solution is still for the big man to make his foul shots.

    With regards to Nash, Coach Mike D’Antoni confirmed that the 38 year-old point guard would not be available for Sunday’s game against the Utah Jazz. Nash worked on dribbling drills but did not do extensive work with the team. Nash, however, did make his presence felt when the Lakers watched the critically acclaimed feature film "Lincoln" together on Thursday evening. 

    Howard revealed that the injured point guard fell asleep and was snoring during the screening. It is probably worth pointing out that Nash is Canadian, so his lack of interest in a lengthy biographical film about a former American president is understandable.

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    Another foreigner making news at the shootaround was Pau Gasol. After the Lakers passed on a couple possible trades for the Spaniard on Thursday, Gasol did not take part in the shootaround on Friday. The team announced that Gasol would not be available for Friday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. He is suffering from tendinitis in both knees. Friday will be the third straight game Gasol has skipped a game with the ailment. 

    Shootaround Quote: “That’s about accurate,” Kobe Bryant’s response to Kevin Durant calling him an “old fart.”