Lakers and NBA news, plus a referendum on Allen Iverson for a super Tuesday
Most of the available Lakers news was noted Monday night on the blog. Start with Kobe Bryant's balky groin, aggravated in Sunday's loss to the Rockets. He practiced Monday in El Segundo, and will suit up tonight at home against Detroit. The bum hamstring that has sidelined Pau Gasol since early in the preseason is improving. He got some work in yesterday and is confident his recovery is finally on track. Gasol will be in street clothes tonight, but Thursday's tussle with the Bulls is still on the table. Then, of course, there's his acting career (Early reviews: "Damn near Newman-esque relative to this... Variety"). For Luke Walton, the news isn't good. He'll miss six weeks, minimum with a pinched nerve in his back.
Across the (NBA) universe, though, people are a'twitter (and a Twitter) regarding the future landing spot of former Grizzly (he wore the uni, even if briefly) Allen Iverson. Leon Rose, AI's agent, says his guy is just looking for the right fit, and will come off the bench under the right circumstances. Ken Berger of CBS Sports noted one scenario floated to him: AI to LA. Which leads to today's poll question:
I voted "No." If "Oh, hell no!" was a choice, I'd have voted for that. But maybe you feel differently? More news and notes below...
-For the Pistons, tonight's game marks the start of a pretty tough roadie.
-Via Howard Beck at the New York Times, it seems the Knicks are starting to wear on Mike D'Antoni in a big way.
-Stephen Jackson and Larry Brown together, at the very least, gives people something to watch in Charlotte this year.
-Kurt Rambis and the Timberwolves did right by Al Jefferson, who was able to see his grandmother before she passed away.
-The AI-to-New York rumors, like everything else that happens with the Knicks, may have as much to do with LeBron as anything.