November 20, 2009 |
The World's Tallest Actor With Bed Hair And Braces returned to his day job Thursday, back to the Lakers and the season's most pressing question. What is it going to take for people to finally appreciate Pau Gasol? Making his season's first appearance after sitting out the first 11 games because of a hamstring injury, Gasol took the Staples Center floor against the Chicago Bulls to an ovation that was less than standing. Folks cheered, but only slightly louder than if he'd been here all along.
March 8, 2011 |
Reporting from Atlanta ? Funny thing about Lakers Coach Phil Jackson . Even when he doesn't want to talk about something, he can't help himself and talks about it. The Lakers have another impact game Thursday against the quickly crumbling Miami Heat, a franchise so confused that its coach implicated players by saying they cried in the locker room after losing to Chicago. The Lakers have been the anti-Miami in recent weeks, their midseason doldrums replaced by smiles and high fives as they destroy team after team.
September 30, 2008 |
What an understatement it is to say what a difference a year makes, a simple observation that would fail miserably in recapping everything the Lakers faced when last season's training camp began in Hawaii 362 days ago. Andrew Bynum was drifting far outside the NBA ring of relevancy, Phil Jackson was hobbling around with a cane, and Kobe Bryant was circling awkwardly above it all, neither he nor his teammates knowing what would unfold the rest...
March 16, 2011 |
Two days after his 18-rebound, four-blocked-shot performance against Orlando's Dwight Howard , considered by many the best center in the NBA, the Lakers' Andrew Bynum was still all the rage. He has been a towering presence since the All-Star break, a force that has helped the Lakers produce the best record in the NBA at 10-1 since Feb. 22. Bynum has dominated the backboards and been an intimidator on defense with his 7-foot, 285-pound frame. "That's where he can really impact the game a lot on this team," Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said.
February 9, 2008
The Lakers got Pau Gasol in return for Kwame Brown? What next, are the Lakers going to trade Luke Walton for Tim Duncan? Mitch Kupchak doesn't deserve the executive-of-the-year award for this, he deserves to have the trophy named after him. Craig P. Fagan San Diego -- Dear Mitch Kupchak, Just heard the news about the trade for Gasol. All is forgiven. You the man. Harvey Hirsch Sherman Oaks -- The Lakers make one of the best and timeliest deals in the franchise's storied history and Mark Heisler's column sees the downside.
December 25, 2012 |
Perhaps the key question this year for the Lakers is whether or not Pau Gasol can fit into Coach Mike D'Antoni's system and play alongside fellow big man Dwight Howard. Gasol's best years were alongside Lamar Odom but Gasol has gradually been pushed further and further from the basket with the emergence of Andrew Bynum (and now Howard). In the Lakers' 118-115 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night, the first game under D'Antoni with Steve Nash in the lineup, the team went often to Gasol in the high post. The forward/center would watch for cutting players, looking first for the pass and then the shot (six assists total)