The Lakers nearly removed his jersey, but Pau Gasol kept wearing it.

The Lakers nearly took his jersey, and Lamar Odom willingly returned it.

A strained right quadricep and perhaps mixed emotions kept Gasol away from practice temporarily. A bruised ego kept Odom away permanently.

Gasol immediately vowed he wanted to remain a Laker, so much that he arrived at the team's media day Sunday proclaiming himself one for an ESPN Radio promotional spot. Odom immediately vowed he wouldn't report to training camp, so much that he reportedly told General Manager Mitch Kupchak to trade him, something that became official once the Lakers sent him Saturday night to the Dallas Mavericks for a 2012 first-round draft pick and a $8.9 million trade execption.