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Surprise! Landry wins Lakers' popularity contest in Shanghai

October 17, 2013|By Mike Bresnahan
  • Lakers forward Marcus Landry is blocked by Golden State Warriors' Jermaine O'Neal during an exhibition game Tuesday in Beijing.
Lakers forward Marcus Landry is blocked by Golden State Warriors'… (Mark Ralston / Getty Images )

SHANGHAI — Plenty of people wanted to interview Pau Gasol during Chinese media access Thursday with the Lakers. Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant also got their share of attention.

But the guy who rivaled them in popularity was surprising.

Marcus Landry was surrounded by Chinese reporters and broadcasters the day before the Lakers played Golden State in an exhibition.

Marcus Landry?

He used to play for the Shanghai Sharks, a Chinese pro team.

Only a minor part of the Lakers' exhibition season so far, Landry seemed happy to interact with Chinese media members.

He asked them to pass on a message to Sharks management.

"Tell them to sign me after I'm done with the Lakers," he said.

The younger brother of NBA veteran Carl Landry is averaging 4.4 points in five exhibition games.

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