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Lakers Tweetbag: Kobe Bryant to start at small forward, Pau Gasol unhappy sitting in final minutes

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Welcome to the Lakers Tweetbag, where we compile a handful of the most interesting tweets from the Lakers beat writers throughout the Twittersphere. This is a prime cut from the people who follow the in's and out's of the purple and gold for a living. Enjoy the tweets, the create-a-caption, the goodies, and a wrap-up of all the writing here at Silver Screen & Roll after every game.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Expect Kobe's days as the Lakers' starting shooting guard to end. Jodie Meeks likely will be starting there now, with Kobe to small forward.</p>&mdash; KEVIN DING (@KevinDing) <a href="https://twitter.com/KevinDing/status/281285405305868288" data-datetime="2012-12-19T06:30:41+00:00">December 19, 2012</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Since D'Antoni wants to leave MettaWP on the bench so he can play PF, D'Antoni doesn't mind starting Kobe/Meeks as the wings.</p>&mdash; Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) <a href="https://twitter.com/LakersReporter/status/281283822857904128" data-datetime="2012-12-19T06:24:24+00:00">December 19, 2012</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>World Peace was entirely professional about coming off the bench. Said he's totally fine with it - "whatever it takes to win."</p>&mdash; Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) <a href="https://twitter.com/LakersReporter/status/281287604660482048" data-datetime="2012-12-19T06:39:25+00:00">December 19, 2012</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>D'Antoni said Metta will begin games on the bench so he can have more minutes available to play backup power forward. Sorry, Antawn.</p>&mdash; KEVIN DING (@KevinDing) <a href="https://twitter.com/KevinDing/status/281291957991530496" data-datetime="2012-12-19T06:56:43+00:00">December 19, 2012</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>I asked Metta if D'Antoni explained why he's coming off the bench. "He doesn't need to explain. Just come off the bench sucka!"</p>&mdash; Mark Medina (@MedinaLakersNBA) <a href="https://twitter.com/MedinaLakersNBA/status/281299616966787072" data-datetime="2012-12-19T07:27:09+00:00">December 19, 2012</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>D'Antoni said Jordan Hill &amp; Antawn Jamison is out of the rotation. Antawn spent a good time biting his lip to me afterwards about it</p>&mdash; Mark Medina (@MedinaLakersNBA) <a href="https://twitter.com/MedinaLakersNBA/status/281298053502210048" data-datetime="2012-12-19T07:20:56+00:00">December 19, 2012</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Pau not pulling a Bynum and sitting away from the huddle, but Pau doesn't look thrilled to be sitting final minutes. ... LA 101, CHA 100.</p>&mdash; KEVIN DING (@KevinDing) <a href="https://twitter.com/KevinDing/status/281277562561388544" data-datetime="2012-12-19T05:59:31+00:00">December 19, 2012</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Pau wasn't pleased when D'Antoni benched him late in Memphis. Pau made clear just now he's still not OK with ... <a href="http://t.co/bkI23FeA" title="http://sulia.com/c/la-lakers/f/e841cd27-a8f9-404f-b91a-2e4a10f94797/?source=twitter">sulia.com/c/la-lakers/f/…</a></p>&mdash; KEVIN DING (@KevinDing) <a href="https://twitter.com/KevinDing/status/281293854693539841" data-datetime="2012-12-19T07:04:15+00:00">December 19, 2012</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Incidentally, Kobe has scored at least 30 points in 7 straight games now, the only player 34 or older to do so in NBA history.</p>&mdash; Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) <a href="https://twitter.com/LakersReporter/status/281276776821444608" data-datetime="2012-12-19T05:56:24+00:00">December 19, 2012</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Metta World Peace on fire. Worked out after game then tells media "dont turn cameras off. Im just getting started"</p>&mdash; Beto Duran (@DuranSports) <a href="https://twitter.com/DuranSports/status/281287508325707776" data-datetime="2012-12-19T06:39:02+00:00">December 19, 2012</a></blockquote>
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