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)
December 27, 2012 |
Pau Gasol was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis on Thursday, according to a team release. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of a tendon within the sole of the foot. It's a relatively common injury that can be resolved with treatment and orthotics (customized shoe inserts). Gasol's right foot was examined by Dr. Kenneth Jung via MRI. The Lakers list their forward/center as probable against the Portland Trail Blazers. Recently Richard Hamilton of the Chicago Bulls tore his plantar fascia, which has him still sidelined now for almost a month.
December 8, 2012 |
As noted by The Times' Mike Bresnahan , the Lakers are "debating whether to bring Pau Gasol off the bench when he returns from knee tendinitis. " There's no question the team's forward/center and former All-Star has struggled to fit alongside Dwight Howard. Gasol has admitted multiple times that he's more comfortable closer to the basket, but that's where the Lakers have Howard positioned. Gasol does need to play stretches at center. That's where he'll flourish but coming off the bench doesn't achieve that.
March 14, 2012 |
-- ESPN.com's Marc Stein first reported the Chicago Bulls are trying to acquire Lakers forward Pau Gasol, but that the Lakers have limited interest in forward Carlos Boozer -- The Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson reported the Bulls offered Boozer and Watson, but the Lakers aren't interested in Boozer's contract (three more years, $47 million) -- The Times' Mike Bresnahan reported the Lakers gave a counter proposal, considering at least two-first round picks, center Joakim Noahand another player believed Watson.
March 6, 2012 |
-- Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick reports that "Minnesota General Manager David Kahn Minnesota is still attempting to land Gasol, and that push is likely to continue all the way until the deadline. " -- The Times' Mike Bresnahan explains why the Lakers have improved their play. -- The Orange County Register's Janis Carr focuses on Andrew Goudelock's progression as a rookie. -- The Detroit Free Press' Vince Ellis talks to Tayshaun Prince about winning the 2004 NBA Finals against the Lakers.
March 10, 2012
* The Times' Mike Bresnahan explains how Pau Gasol has handled the latest trade rumors. Game stories -- The Times' Bresnahan reports the Lakers' win Friday against Minnesota came after a meeting where Mike Brown apologized to Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace and Matt Barnes for publicly questioning their shot selection. -- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding explains the importance in the Lakers beating Minnesota after losing to Detroit and Washington.