An anticlimactic but Presidential Lakers Practice
Anti-climatic in part because player availability was brief because everyone needed to be on the plane about 30-45 minutes after practice ended. And anticlimatic because two speculative items discussed have since been settled.
Andrew Bynum, as he predicted, didn't receive a suspension for Tuesday's flagrant foul on Gerald Wallace. After just three seasons and change, he's a savvy enough vet to figure if the league didn't mention anything about a suspension when informing him that the foul was upped from "Flagrant-1" to 'Flagrant 2," he was probably in the clear. Wise beyond his years, that Andrew Bynum.
For his part, Pau Gasol spent some time talking about how he'd feel were he selected the All-Star reserve he now is, an honor he hasn't attempted to pretend wouldn't mean the world to him. "If I win, I'll be truthfully excited about it. It's something that fills me with pride and honor. It's nice to make it and be among the best. And if I don't, I'll be disappointed. I've tried to play well to try to make this team be one of the best and play at a high level. It's nice to be recognized."
There was, however, an amusing moment involving Kobe Bryant and yours truly. I asked Kobe if he'd seen the clip of Barack Obama declaring him "the best player in the world." He hadn't, but had been told of this statement, which naturally made him feel pretty good. "That's what's up," smiled Bryant. "It's a great honor." By extension, I asked, shouldn't that put to rest any "Who's the best: Kobe or Player X?" debates once and for all? After all, once a President says you're the best, it's more or less a law, right? Kobe's reaction was the most I've seen him laugh during a media session in quite a while, so kudos to me. And with that...
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- Kobe Bryant:Download kobe_1.30.09.mp3
- Andrew Bynum: Download bynum_1.30.09.mp3
- Pau Gasol (some funny stuff at the end about forcing everyone to watch Grizzlies games in the weight room so he can see his brother Marc play: Download pau_gasol_1.30.09.mp3