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Posts Tagged ‘Pau Gasol’

Sportswriters Running Out of Words to Describe Kobe Bryant’s Senior NBA Citizen Feats

Last fall, Sports Illustrated and most other experts promised us a 2012-13 Lakers rose garden. Last night, at the end of a season that has turned out instead to be all about the thorns, Kobe Bryant willed his team to victory at Portland’s Rose Garden.

Bryant is doing things at age 34 that most NBA players ten years younger can only dream of. Even Mr. Hockey Gordie Howe, who just turned 85, is probably shaking his head over last night’s 113-106 one-man show.

So how are sportswriters describing Bryant’s season-high draining of 47 points in a place where the team usually gets stomped? Take your pick: “implausible” (LA Times); “epic” (ESPN Los Angeles); “thrilling” (Yahoo)…

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Kobe is Correct: Lakers Nation Needs to…

Shut up.

It doesn’t matter if the Lakers lose to the Clippers tonight, just like it didn’t matter that they lost to the Mavericks and the Trail Blazers. Far beyond the first week of the 2012-13 regular season, they’re going to make the playoffs. And by that time, the team will be just fine.

Panic of this preposterous sort is what drives sports talk radio ratings. And so, if you have been listening – as we have – to ESPN 710 and KLAC 570, you are hereby forgiven for assuming the Lakers are 0-81 going into tonight rather than 0-2.

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Lakers Coach Narrowly Avoids World’s Most Embarrassing Hamstring Injury

ESPN.com LA Lakers blogger Brian Kamenetzky caught up via telephone last week with coach Mike Brown. He leads off the Q&A article with a most obvious question – what was Brown’s reaction when he first heard about the Dwight Howard trade?

Turns out coach got a little contorted upon being told by general manager Mitch Kupchak that against all odds, even if it turns out to be only for a year, the Lakers obtained Howard without having to give up Pau Gasol:

“I got a little excited. I tried to jump up and down, but my mind was telling me to do something that my body wouldn’t allow me to do. I almost pulled my hamstring sitting down. I don’t know if that’s ever happened to anybody, but I was so excited that my leg tensed up. I almost tore my hamstring. So I got up slowly and gave him and Jim Buss a hug.”

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Kobe Bryant, Unplugged

The media is having fun this morning with footage of Kobe Bryant crashing Pau Gasol’s Game 3 press conference and dishing about their former teammate Derek Fisher. Far more interesting to FishbowlLA are the comments made by the Lakers superstar to Yahoo! Sports columnist Adrian Wojnarowski.

Bryant long ago established a reputation for telling it like it is, when the mood strikes. So, not long after amiably gliding through a post-game chat on national TV with Lisa Salters, there was this:

“I don’t give a [expletive] what you say,” Bryant told Yahoo! Sports late Friday. “If I go out there and miss game winners, and people say, ‘Kobe choked, or Kobe is seven for whatever in pressure situations.’ Well, [expletive] you.”

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Pau Gasol Happy to Still Be in a Lakers Uniform

Don’t see this very often. Laker forward Pau Gasol was so happy to not be traded at yesterday’s NBA trade deadline, he went on YouTube to celebrate. And vent.

Black Mamba Slithers Away from All-Star Media Day

The quotes around the word sick in the CBSLA article headline say it all. The author is doubtful Kobe Bryant is actually sick.

Be that as it may, that’s the official reason given this afternoon for a critical absence in Orlando. The un-bylined CBS blogger speculates that this year’s NBA All-Star game top vote-getter perhaps didn’t want to deal with questions about Pau Gasol, Russell Westbrook and-or Jim Buss:

Reporters from all over the world waited for over 30 minutes until an NBA spokesperson told them he will not be coming… The players are obligated to attend the longest media session Friday, but since Kobe called in “sick” he will not be fined.

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#TheLakersAreSoWhite Reaches Primetime Meme Status

ESPN writer J.A. Adande‘s latest column has officially bestowed superstar meme status on the Twitter hashtag #TheLakersAreSoWhite. For weeks, Lakers fans couldn’t help but notice that even with Mike Brown as the first black head coach in team history, the rest of the Lakers are looking a little ’86 Celtics. (Except for the whole greatest-team-in-NBA-history thing. Sorry, this Fishie grew up in Boston.) Luke Walton, Steve Blake, Jason Kapono, Josh McRoberts and Troy Murphy are all white as Wonderbread–not to mention Pau Gasol, who may be Spanish, but is as pale as they come. We’ve met him.

Writes Adande:

[T]he sight of Blake, Kapono, McRoberts and Murphy on the court with Metta World Peace during a nationally televised game was enough to set Twitter afire and eventually led to a #TheLakersAreSoWhite hashtag that had people of all races chiming in with jokes such as, “#TheLakersAreSoWhite they warm up to Dancing Queen.”

The Lakers are the only NBA team currently capable of putting an all-white-American lineup on the floor. Only three other teams — the Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers and Milwaukee Bucks — have as many as three white American players. Coach Mike Brown admits he’s heard calls from the fans for him to play all five, but so far he has resisted. That’s left World Peace as the odd man out on the court, as if Ron Artest’s name change didn’t make him stand out enough.

“I’ve never had that before,” World Peace said of his teammates. “It’s kind of cool.”

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Former Laker Javaris Crittenton Wanted for Murder

Former Laker Javaris Crittenton, who was traded to the Grizzlies in the 2008 deal that brought Pau Gasol to LA, is wanted for murder and is presumed at-large in Los Angeles. Atlanta Police say the 23-year-old Crittenton shot Julian Jones, a mother of four, to death on August 19.

More from the LA Times:

Atlanta homicide detectives said Crittenton was trying to shoot someone he believed stole jewelry from him in April, Georgia law enforcement sources said.

Jones was caught in a hail of bullets from the driver’s side of a sport utility vehicle. She was hit multiple times and declared dead at a hospital, said FBI Special Agent Steve Emmett.

Crittenton’s last Twitter post before he went on the run read: “This is crazy. Trouble continues to follow me for some reason. I put my trust in God,”

His account has since been deleted.