Just wanted to tell everyone who thinks the Pau Gasol trade would suddenly vault the Lakers up into the “NBA Finals Contender” stratosphere… sorry… ain’t gonna happen.
The Gasol trade makes the Lakers better offensively… but tell me… is he suddenly going to play defense in LA? And is his attitude going to get any better playing along side Kobe Bryant? SI asked a scout… who said:
“Lakers bigs in the past have been good at following Kobe to the rim and cleaning up behind him. So it will be on Gasol as to how motivated he is to contribute the offensive rebounds and easy put-backs that bigs can contribute when they are not as involved.
“Bottom line, it’s going to be up to Gasol how well he’s willing to assimilate to the Lakers rather than how the Lakers assimilate to him”
I don’t know about you… but “motivated” and “Gasol” haven’t often been combined in the same sentence.
I’d love nothing more than to replace that photo with one of Rajon Rondo driving against Lamar Odom… but I just don’t see it. The Lakers still aren’t good (or fast) enough to run with Phoenix… and they’re not good enough defensively to stop them… so why should anyone think this team will go beyond the Conference Finals at best?
SI: Gasol deal makes Lakers a serious contender | Herald: C’s have a lot in reserve | Baby Time: Fans of Davis shouldn’t jump off ledge | Globe: Harris says take ab strains seriously | Hoopsworld: Celtics more than 3 | SF Chronicle: House, Powe helping Celtics | AOL Fanhouse: LA has a brighter future than Boston
And I’ll just draw a little attention to this link: The Denver Nuggets are looking at trading for Sam Cassell