May 12, 2012 |
Things to watch when the Lakers host the Denver Nuggets Saturday night at Staples Center. The Lakers and Nuggets are tied, 3-3. The winner faces Oklahoma City on Monday in the Western Conference semifinals. 1. The outcome will have a significant affect on the Lakers' off-season plans. Magic Johnson raised the ante just a little by saying a Game 7 loss would spur the Lakers to fire Coach Mike Brown after just his first season. Whether that actually happens? Who knows. But consider that Brown, who is making $4.5 million a season, has two more guaranteed years left on his contract followed by a team option.
May 10, 2012 |
Below are some things to take away from the Lakers' 113-96 Game 6 loss Thursday to the Denver Nuggets: 1. The Lakers should feel embarassed. I'll break down in more detail in the items below, but the score should speak for itself. For the second consecutive game, the Lakers lacked energy, focus and any consistent production outside of Kobe Bryant in a closeout game. The Lakers still have a chance to secure this first-round series with a victory in Game 7, which is taking place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Staples Center, but with how well they played at the beginning of the series, it should've never gotten to this point.
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 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.
July 6, 2012 |
If he hasn't done so already, Pau Gasol likely will blow out the candles of his cake and make a wish commemorating his 33rd birthday. But what will be his wish? Here are a few ideas. 1. Remain a Laker. This isn't a state secret. Ever since the Lakers tried trading Gasol in a failed deal to acquire Chris Paul, the Lakers power forward has painfully reitered his desire to stay with the purple & gold. Yet, the Lakers haven't offered much in the way of assurances. Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said at the beginning of last season that they expected to keep Gasol, but he became the subject of constant trade rumors leading up to the March 15 deadline.
July 20, 2012 |
In what he considers to be "one of the happiest moments of his career," Lakers forward Pau Gasol will carry the Spanish flag next Friday during opening ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics. Spain's Olympic federation said in a statement that Gasol represents "the best values in sport and competition. " But it also comes on the heels of Spanish tennis star Rafeal Nadal withdrawing from competition because of a knee injury. "All my support to my friend @ RafaelNadal in this tough moment as an athlete," Gasol tweeted.
May 26, 2012 |
Nearly a month has passed since Pau Gasol became a horse owner, and Saturday will mark the first time the Lakers' forward will see him race. Gasol confirmed in an email to The Times that he will watch Siempre Mio make his first start at Betfair Hollywood Park since he and teammate Kobe Bryant partnered in owning the horse. "I am looking forward to a nice event," Gasol said. "I am not used to that but it's going to be exciting and a good horse race. " Gasol and Bryant each bid $8,000 on April 25 at an auction benefiting the Lakers' Youth Foundation to share the owning rights after L.A. Car Guy President Mike Sullivan also chipped in with an $8,000 donation.