Lakers’ Pau Gasol — I Hope Lamar Returns to the NBA

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L.A. Lakers center, Pau Gasol, is optimistic that Lamar Odom — his friend and former teammate — will make a triumphant return to the NBA … but admits he”s still in the dark about what”s going on in Lamar”s life.

All 7-feet of Pau hit up Katsuya in Hollywood last night … where he told us he hasn”t had any contact with Lamar since he began his crack-fueled downward spiral … but he still thinks Lamar can come back.

“The main thing is that he”s healthy and happy,”  Gasol told us … but he also knows what it”s gonna take for Lamar — or any pro-baller — to be competitive in the NBA.

“In my profession,” he said, “if you don”t train hard, you get off the train.”