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Pau Gasol's finger thus far gets a thumbs up

Pau with cast Update from PauGasol.com (a site that somehow manages to get exclusive stuff with Lakers forward Pau Gasol on a regular basis), Lakers trainer Gary Vitti caught up with El Spaniard in Espana and checked out the digit injured during practice with the Spanish squad.  While the details of Vitti's examination aren't mentioned and, to be honest, the English is a touch confusing, the meat of the matter seems to be that Vitti thinks the finger is healing up nicely:

        Gary Vitti, head of medical staff and physiotherapists of the Lakers, visited Pau Gasol in Zaragoza to verify that the recovery from injury is optimal.  The conclusion is clear, the injury progressing well. After reviewing video to explain how it happened and how it went finger recovering, the medical representative of the Lakers seemed that there is little risk and that all is well.


The piece then proceeds to make it sound both like Pau has been cleared to play for the European Championship in Poland and isn't quite there yet, so for the time being, I wouldn't treat Gasol playing more '09 international ball as an iron clad certainty.  But that participation is even regarded as a possibility is great news when it comes to Pau and 2010 season.  Even those who prefer Pau shut 'er down until training camp- and I certainly understand that inclination- should be able to recognize the bright side of a first choice ignored.  Fingers crossed (semi-terrible pun, but actually appropriate), but it continues to sound like Gasol will be fine.

And assuming that's the case, this injury worked out pretty well for Vitti.  Dude gets a trip to Zaragoza on either the Lakers' or Pau's dime, depending on who was most itching to get the finger a look see.   Zaragoza's the country's fifth largest city and according to Wikipedia, its folklore is through the roof.

AK
 
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Look Pau, do us all a favor and just...come back to L.A. It's getting too close to training camp for you risking another injury.

White Mamba,


>>> This one's at LakerTom, whose wisdom I've learned to respect by the way.
>>> You put up a lineup of Kobe/Artest/Lamar/Drew/Pau. That is a huge lineup,
>>> don't get me wrong. But what does that lineup do against smaller, quicker teams?
>>> I feel like it would get burned by the likes of Aaron Brooks, etc.


Thanks for your comments. I agree with your take on Luke, especially the point that sometimes all we want from our bench mob is to hold down the fort and give the starters some rest. Luke does deserve some credit for being a great teammate and valuable reserve. Thanks for giving him his due.


As for the Kobe/Artest/Lamar/Drew/Pau lineup, your question of “what does that lineup do against smaller, quicker teams” is an excellent question?” An even better question, however, is what do the smaller, quicker teams do against that lineup. Nine of out ten times, I think they have to substitute.


I doubt we will ever see it from Phil although I think it could be a deadly weapon. Whether it is 3 against 3 on the playground or the NBA, basketball is all about the matchups and who can force the other team to change its lineup to “better” match up. It’s the classic tall ball versus small ball.


With a lineup of Kobe/Artest/Lamar/Drew/Pau, I would expect that either Kobe, Lamar, or Ron would guard a guy like Brooks. I would prefer Lamar, who would obviously sag on the guy and try to force him to take a jump shot but still be close enough for his length to bother him. Meanwhile, if he did penetrate, then the tall trees help defense has to stop him


But the point of the lineup is NOT to matchup with the other team but to FORCE them to try and match up against us, which would be impossible. Whomever Brooks guards would automatically be posted up by the Lakers. How is he going to stop Lamar? He may beat Lamar on a couple of plays but after being dominated in the post for several easy dunks, he will likely be replaced by a bigger player.


One of the real strengths of the Lakers is their great versatility and depth. Lamar especially is a match up nightmare for other teams at power forward and often at small forward. Playing him at the point at times would add to the problems other teams would have preparing for and defending the Lakers.


As for Sasha, I am probably on of the posters who believe his defensive prowess is highly overrated. Being a pest and drawing a couple of offensive fouls by players sick of Sasha hacking and whacking is not a substitute for good defense. Whirling your hands all over the place is not a substitute for concrete feet that get frozen in place by any good move. And harassing guys who are way out on the perimeter and drawing unnecessary foul after foul that puts the team in the penalty is not good D. Sorry, but we will have to agree to disagree. Sasha may be the worse defender on the team along with Jordan and Josh. Sorry, Faith. Better get that boy some special brownies to calm down.


Needless to say, some of this is just summer fun to keep off my Lakers jones but there is still some solid reasoning behind what may seem on the surface to be a crazy idea. :)


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Tom

I do not understand why players been paid millions are allowed to do international play. They're not allowed to do risky behavior like skiing and such, right? So... why are they allowed to engage in risky injury prone behavior when they're supposed to resting?


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.


GO LAKERS!!!

Players that play international ball help market the sport. Blame Stern.

So I just finished watching the Manchester United versus Arsenal game. Whoever that announcer is, he's fantastic. He conveys such a sense of excitement and drama when announcing the game, in the spirit of Chick Hearn or Howard Cossell.


These TNT and ESPN announcers are such a stain on broadcasting by comparison. They talk more about themselves and their golf game than they do the game. It's pathetic. I mean, do these guys even care?


That broadcaster of the Manchester United game, he cares. We need more people like him giving play-by-play for NBA games.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.


GO LAKERS!!!

Jon K...

Who is Tony Gaffney?...

He played college ball in Boston...He played summer league for the Lakers...
He is a little light for a PF...around 6,8 maybe 6,9..But he played a lot better than our other pick from Texas...

"As for Sasha, I am probably on of the posters who believe his defensive prowess is highly overrated. Being a pest and drawing a couple of offensive fouls by players sick of Sasha hacking and whacking is not a substitute for good defense. Whirling your hands all over the place is not a substitute for concrete feet that get frozen in place by any good move. And harassing guys who are way out on the perimeter and drawing unnecessary foul after foul that puts the team in the penalty is not good D. Sorry, but we will have to agree to disagree. Sasha may be the worse defender on the team along with Jordan and Josh."


Well said Laker Tom. Well said.

28 days to training camp....Not that im counting or anything..Just letting you all know..

Jon,

I presume you are double spacing between paragraphs just like me?
What browser are you using? I am using IE8 at work and have to double space to get a vertical space between paragraphs. If I single space, there are no spaces between paragraphs, which makes it very hard to read. At home, I am using an older version of IE which does show single spaces. Thanks.

Tom

The reason why TNT broadcasters seem tame by comparison is simply style. It's not just basketball, in most sports (and indeed, even a few game shows) the broadcasters in countries other than the US are given almost free reign to hype up the crowd. Here, the mandate is to stay impartial and not favor one over the other. I mean, let's face it, it's hard to get the crowd riled up (unless of course you're Chick Hearn) when you can't simply say a team is completely dominating and there's nothing the other team can do about it. Since broadcasters have to keep people tuning in, they often have to resort to lying ("I don't care that the team is down by 40, they have a chance at coming back"...rigggghhhht...) and not acknowledge what's going on in the game. Yet, it seems in other countries, if the Lakers were absolutely demolishing Suckramento, they'd keep talking about just how badly they are in fact killing them.


Just my one cent since I can't afford two.

GREAT STUFF ON LAKERS.COM

1. Top 10 Lakers plays of 2009. They are only showing #10 and #9 but a fun idea.
2. Top 31 plays for Kobe’s birthday. This will bring tears to your eyes. Kobe was such a young guy when he first came up. And talk about hops!

Your Lakers fix in video.

Tom

Jon K.....You may be hearing the fantastic voice of Martin Tyler...
The best in the game...Im a Liverpool fan in pain at the moment...they give me headaches....

LakerTom,


I am using Internet Explorer.


To get a space between paragraphs, I am having to type two paragraph spaces to get one. I don't know why that is, but that's the only thing I've found that works to keep what I write from looking like a huge bundled mess.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.


GO LAKERS!!!!

markbigd,


I do blame David Stern... for everything.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.


GO LAKERS!!!

Off season fix, how about best 10 Lakers ever;
1. Magic
2. Kobe
3. Logo
4. Elgin
5. Kareem
6. Wilt
7. Mikan (a must for all those titles)
8. Shaq (tried to leave him out)
9. Worthy
10. Pau (look at Lakers record wtih him on the team)

Did anyone else actually click on the PauGasol.com link?? AK, man, you gotta warn us in advance if there's gonna be a huge floating picture of Pau's head that follows you around in the website no matter where you go. But seriously, that cracked me up.

Also, so it won't get lost in the older thread (and since Tom included his response again in this thread), I'm pasting my response to Tom here:

Ah, see, I never said Sasha was GOOD at D. I was just arguing against the person who said Sasha doesn't work hard at it. But I agree with you a bit, actually. I think Sasha is pretty decent at D, but I think he works a bit too hard and is trying too hard to prove himself on D (since his offense is struggling so much) and as a result commits stupid fouls. In fact, that is one of the failings of our beloved Lakers in general that bothers me. Why do we always seem to put the other team into the bonus first? Why does it feel like we can't play hard D without fouling? I think we foul too much. Houston barely fouled us at all, but still played solid, close defense. Is it really a mindset issue? Is it that we don't have a true defensive stopper on our team (i.e. someone that specializes in just that, like Battier)? Maybe something else? I dunno, but it bothers me. Maybe Artest will help fix it... we'll see.

Laker Tom,


Your argument for the Kobe/Artest/Lamar/Drew/Pau line-up was absolutely compelling.


I think you're right. I'm trying to imagine another line-up available in the NBA that could stop the Prince and his Knights and I am unable to find one.


If Kobe channeled his inner Jerry West (which I do believe he has in him), it could be a historically devastating line-up, and I'm not as convinced as you are that Phil Jackson wouldn't try this line-up. In my opinion, Phil has become more loose and experimental in his old age as opposed to more rigid and risk adversive.


It could happen.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.


GO LAKERS!!!

@ max -

Wow, Pau as one of the top 10 best Lakers ever? I love Pau, but I think that's a bit premature. Maybe he will be, MAYBE, but not yet.

Max -

Not bad, but you've got Kareem and Shaq too low, I believe. Kareem is always overlooked because his personality was so acerbic, but nobody combined excellence and longevity like Kareem. Shaq brought the Lakers more titles than Jerry, Elgin, and Wilt combined, but since his departure was an acrimonious one, he tends to be punished by Laker fans in listing Laker greats. I guess I'm still thankful for the years I got to watch him dominate in a Laker uniform.

Oh, and Pau hasn't been a Laker quite long enough to make the top 10, IMHO.

My list:

1 Magic
2 Kareem
3 Kobe
4 Shaq
5 Jerry
6 Elgin
7 Wilt
8 Worthy
9 Goodrich
10 Mikan

Give Pau 3-4 more years in a Laker uniform, plus 1 more ring and he'll be top 10 for sure.

Does anyone else think Pau Gasol is the most uglaful or man in the NBA? Half ugly, half beautiful?


One moment I think he's the most hung over looking drunkard in the NBA, the next moment, I'm hoping my son grows up to be as handsome.


Maybe it's just me.


And in case someone asks, I didn't really say another man was beautiful.


Wes

A toast to typos! Here's to ruining an otherwise perfect sentence.


Wes

Jon's Top Ten:


1 Magic
2 Kareem
3 Kobe
4 Logo
5 Elgin
6 Mikan
7 Wilt
8 Shaq
9 Worthy
10 Goodrich/Cooper/Gasol/Fisher


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.


GO LAKERS!!!

LAKERS NEEDS TO PERSUE ALLEN IVERSON AND GET SASHA OUT OF HERE. WHERE EVER AI GO HE'S GONNA BE COMING OF THE BENCH SO IT MIGHT AS WELL BE WITH THE DEFENDING CHAMPIONS. NOT TAKING ANYTHING FROM AI HE'S A FUTURE HOF AND HE WON'T BE BENCH RIDER YOU CAN'T HAVE THAT KIND OF TALENT RIDING THE BENCH. JUST THINK ABOUT THE SECOND UNIT IVERSON,ARTEST,ODOM,AND SHANNON BROWN THAT SOUNDS LIKE ANOTHER 3PEAT TO ME WITH D FISH,KOBE AND GASOL LEADING THE WAY AND THE GENERAL PHIL JACKSON CALLING THE SHOTS. WITH THAT SQUAD WE'LL PAST BOSTON FOR MORE CHAMPIONS CERTAINLY. LAKERS NEED TO HIRE ME LOL.

Yeah, I actually clicked on the PauGasol.com link and got treated to a full-sized floating image of Pau. Click on the various links and it will give you various info about Pau. I'm a programmer and can appreciate the kind of work that goes into something like this. It's pretty cool... kudos to whoever made it. Fun stuff. ☺

Leave the Euro Championships for another year Pau...the Lakers need you to repeat their NBA title run, so the Euros will just have to do without you this time around. You owe it to your employer to cut the Spanish hoops squad from your 2009 agenda...you helped your country win silver at the 2008 Olympics and that means FAR MORE than even a gold medal in a regional competition like the Euro Championships

you missed that Zaragoza's sister city in France is called Pau.

my only question is: when's the NBA season gonna start? i want to see the RING ceremony already!

In this age of million dollar players, why are franchises still allowing their star players to compete for the home nations? As we saw with Pau a few years ago with the grizz, he breaks his foot and the team's season was doomed.

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What happened to Gasol's finger? Somebody punch him in the nose??

And assuming that's the case, this injury worked out pretty well for Vitti. Dude gets a trip to Zaragoza on either the Lakers' or Pau's dime,
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AK, that's the one thing that make me envious... lol... anyway, am I glad that everything is fine with our Big Man Pau. Thanks for the headsup..

Go lakers!!! Go Kobe!!! Go Pau!!!

Lakers, 2010 NBA Champions....

I am glad to hear that Gasols finger injury is progessing, and in respect, I hope that the Elderly man who lost his finger bitten off recently recovers. I have all, and both in my prayers for success. And, a separate note to the Lakers, I look forward to the win hopelully another Championship, and I hope that the positive energy that I can generate meeting Mr. Lamar Odom in Santa Monica, brings a natural forth coming. Jamon, Dixie, (The research for the cure in of Humanitys-And Evolutions) with the Formula for all Cure -The Formula- A -H -Hydrogen H-1 .00979 (=A
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LOL! NEVER UGLY ALWAYS BEAUTIFUL!!

Sha

"Does anyone else think Pau Gasol is the most uglaful man in the NBA? Half ugly, half beautiful?


One moment I think he's the most hung over looking drunkard in the NBA, the next moment, I'm hoping my son grows up to be as handsome.


Maybe it's just me.


And in case someone asks, I didn't really say another man was beautiful."


Wes


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