Lakers links, hot and sizzlin'
Some interesting Lakers-related reading for you on this bright-and-shiny SoCal Monday morning:
- Pau Gasol would like to see the ball a little more inside, and generate some shots that don't just come from offensive rebounds. No question that with so many post threats, the Lakers always have to be careful about spreading the ball around. Even when the rock makes it inside, says Lamar Odom, the extra pass still needs to be made. Of course, when it comes to passing from the block, one major concern is always the work of Andrew Bynum, who has in some circles gained a nickname less flattering and more celestial in nature. Darius at Forum Blue and Gold has a great post about how Bynum is operating down low, and whether he's giving up the ball enough after he touches it. As we've pointed out (in reference to Bynum, but it applies to Gasol) for LA's system to work, guys down low have to believe they'll get the ball back if they kick it out. Sometimes, they have a right to be skeptical.
- Kevin Ding of the OC Register looks at the Five Minutes of Tall during the second quarter of the Utah game.In his estimation, the key to the Big Three arrangement (Odom, Gasol, and Bynum on the floor together) is the focus of Odom.
- Shannon Brown will be a busy man when the Lakers get to Chicago, and if he has his way, during All Star weekend, too. Mostly, though, he just wants to truly establish himself in the NBA.
- If you missed it this weekend, here's this week's podcast.
- Around the NBA: The Knicks have signed former Pacer Jonathan Bender... Gilbert Arenas hopes a trip out west will help clear his head...John Salmons is struggling in Chicago, and the Bulls offense is suffering for it... Despite a slow start in San Antonio, Gregg Popovich is determined to keep Tim Duncan's minutes down... Don't look now, but after a terrible start, the Grizzlies are playing well.