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Caught in the Web: Pau Gasol dunks over a kid

-- YouBeenBlinded has a sick picture of Lakers forward Pau Gasol dunking over a kid.

-- The Belgian media reports that former Lakers forward D.J. Mbenga joined the Denver Nuggets.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky answers questions from readers.

-- Yardbarker.com's Tommy King lists 10 reasons why Boston will win the 2011 championship, including wanting to exact revenge on the Lakers.

-- Sports Illustrated's Jack McCallum has talked to many fans in Turkey who wish Kobe Bryant had played in the 2010 FIBA World Championships.

-- Sports Law Blog's Michael McCann argues tongue-in-cheek that the Lakers could solve the nation's healthcare crisis.

-- NBA.com highlights in the video below the numerology of Ron Artest

-- ESPN.com's Chris Sheridan believes the Team USA-Russia matchup will be interesting. He also explains why Team USA Coach Mike Krzyzewski is fired up by comments Russia Coach David Blatt made about the 1972 Olympics.

-- Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano explains how the Lakers' offensive execution influences their defensive success.

-- Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore wonders which Western Conference team will become the Lakers' main threat.

-- Lakers.com lists the team's top 10 moments during the 2010-2011 season.

Tweet of the Day: "People keep asking 'where are you?' I am still in Turkey supporting my hubby while he plays in the World Championship. Gold medal baby!!!" -- KhloeKardashian (Khloe Kardashian, reality-TV star and Lamar Odom's wife).

Reader Comment of the Day: "We have the right personnel now it is a matter of jelling the right chemistry and camaraderie. It takes 82 games to learn from one another and another 20 games to go for 3 peat. Whatever the plans will be, the most important thing is that all players are on the same page." -- Edwin Gueco

-- Mark Medina

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Whoa! That looks like Vince Carter (formerly known as Vince Carter) when he smashed one on Weis in the Olympics a few years ago.

DBDH!

Wolves starting to have triangle friendly roster.


Jonny Flynn PG, Luke Ridnour (Fisher,Blake)
Wesley Johnson SG (Bryant)
Corey Brewer at SF, Martell Webster (Artest,Barnes)
Kevin Love PF, Michael Beasely (Gasol, Odom)
Milicic C, Nicola Pekovic (Bynum)

Good day Laker Fam.

I won't write much today cos I'm using iPhone (we're about to sit in a movie hall to see some new movie from Venice Film Festival selections) but I can't miss you.
MM is back on great form and it took me ages to read all posts of him and you... But it was awesome.
Great vibe and great analysis.
I am confudent all new guys are here to shine; i am sad that Congo Cash will join the Thuggets ( u know they are like my grey nightmare...) and about Kobe, i loved Otis' take at his saga of effort and pain: I know Kobe will make me enchanted again.

I am sure Drew will shine this season; and after all, as Edwin masterly wrote on the well deserved RCOTD ( congrats also to the equally deserving LakerTom one yesterday), regular season is just a path to build all the chemistry we need to ThreePeat.

I don't care about any single game in itself of regular season: I just wanna thrill & reasons to build my love and strenght but in the end, to me all that counts is playoff ride.

I am totally up.
I just hope we're healthy.

Oh... And I hope that Ron ron keeps being his totally unique self.

Man is one in a million ;)

Let me also compliment LRob for his pieces of glory and history and KBBlitz for that greatArt Of Passing writing.

On the portrait of the new kids then, MM... Hat off: that was excellent.

Let me just say to puddle that I share his pain: fakeality shows are really a painful watch but love will help you still cherish your wife nonetheless. I don't watch much tv, so I don't know what else say there .

Right, let me just wish you all a wonderful day filled with Lakers Love & Pride and sorry if this post will be totally filled with typos but typing on iPhone ain't that easy...

Hugs, catch you tomorrow ;). Z.

Interesting take on the "real" most lopsided trade in NBA history, and ironically it involves Popavich.

NBA PM: Best Trade Ever?

By: Yannis Koutroupis

Adjust font size:Scola Rubs Salt On The Wound: The San Antonio Spurs typically don't find themselves on the losing side of deals. They've been one of the league's most dominant teams over the past 10 years largely in part to their front office's brilliance and patience. They've managed to win four championships since 1999 all while staying under the luxury tax and making minor tweaks rather than major moves. Limiting spending is a philosophy that has held a lot of franchises back, but rarely affected the Spurs until 2007 when they dealt Luis Scola, the best power forward not in the NBA at the time, to the Houston Rockets. Back then it was something that the Spurs looked at as necessary, but it's something that they really regret now.

After years of failing to reach a buyout agreement with Scola's club overseas the Spurs gave up on trying to add him to the team. They felt with the roster they had in place, which featured a newly re-signed Matt Bonner and Fabricio Oberto along with Ian Mahinmi, that there wasn't room for Scola or forward Jackie Butler. So they traded them to Houston for Vassilis Spanoulis and a second round pick that eventually turned into France's Nando De Colo, who averaged eight points and two assists in the World Championships.

"As an organization we felt responsible to let Luis pursue his dream of the NBA and this was the best opportunity to realize his value," said Buford back in 2007. "With our roster intact it would appear unlikely that neither Butler nor Scola would impact our rotation."

Count that as one of the rare instances where Buford was dead wrong because since finally making his way to the NBA in 2007 Scola has been flat-out productive. Meanwhile De Colo and Spanoulis haven't played a game in the NBA. Scola has yet to miss a game and has steadily improved each and every year. He averaged a career best 16 points and eight rebounds last season and has carried over his strong play to the FIBA World Championships.

Over the years Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has made no secret about his anger over how things played out with Scola. He once said that it made him so upset that he wanted to spit and he probably felt just as fired up today after watching the show that Scola put on.

Scola continued on his tournament-MVP pace with 37 points, nine rebounds, and three assists. Splitter put forth 10 points and five rebounds himself, but it was very clear as to who the superior player was. Splitter will ultimately determine his worth to the Spurs during the regular season, but fantasies about how great Scola could have been as Spur live on. He had 14 points in the fourth quarter to help lead Argentina past Brazil, further cementing himself as the best player in the tournament.

While San Antonio thinks about what could have been the Rockets are sitting pretty with one of the best power forwards in the league that they got for an absolute steal. Coach Popovich suggested forming a trade committee that could veto lopsided deals when the Memphis Grizzlies traded All-Star power forward Pau Gasol to the Los Angeles Lakers. But in that deal Memphis landed Marc Gasol who has developed into a very solid starting center and the cap space to trade for Zach Randolph, who had an All-Star year for them in 09-10. All the Spurs got for Scola, an ideal player to put alongside Tim Duncan inside, was some cash and two players who will never see the court with Duncan. Looking back there's no question which deal was more uneven and today just helped further illustrate that."

--Hoopsworld

This trade has to be killing the Spurs, because with Scola, the Spurs are the 2nd best in the west these last 3 years, maybe best. Who knows.

Wes

Nice find, wes!


DBDH!

Whoa! That looks like Vince Carter (formerly known as Vince Carter) when he smashed one on Weis in the Olympics a few years ago.

Posted by: Don't Blame Del Harris! | September 08, 2010 at 12:34 PM
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You're right DBDH. Good to see Pau having some fun instead balling seriously year round.

Speaking of that Vinsanity dunk...that might have been the craziest dunk ever. Some say that ruined Weis career because he never got over the embarrassment.

The Banner Holder is jealous of Zaira because she gets to attend the Venice Film Festival and I don't! :(


What film are you seeing? If it's Black Swan, share all the gory details when it's over...especially THE KISS!

"Speaking of that Vinsanity dunk...that might have been the craziest dunk ever. Some say that ruined Weis career because he never got over the embarrassment."

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LRob,

Speaking of getting nuked by a great athlete, I remember when Kobe unleashed his magnificent fury upon a rookie in Orlando a few seasons ago. He didn't quite clear the young man's shoulders entirely, but Kobe left his mark. That rookie's name? Dwight Howard (Slight Coward). Doh!

DBDH!

Wes


Scola a dream never come true for the Spurs. Scola is a pit bull with offensive savy. Much like Karl Malone. But Tiago Splitter is only 25 and Scola is a vet at 30. We'll see how Tiago develops in the NBA with the Spurs.

KB Blitz,

Enjoyed your post on the art of passing. Probably the best passers I've seen from each position is:

Guard - Magic
Forward - Bird
Center - Walton

Mark Jackson was also a great passer. And here's a blast from the past....Kevin Porter. I used to love to watch him "high step" down the court and drop clever dimes.

One of the beauties of the current Laker team is how Odom and Gasol pass to each other. They're both excellent passers. That's an area that AB still needs improving.

One record that may never be broken is Tiny Archibald's leading the league in scoring AND passing in the same season. Plus, he won by a huge margin in both categories (I think by 4-5pts and 2-3 asst).

Over the years Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has made no secret about his anger over how things played out with Scola. He once said that it made him so upset that he wanted to spit and he probably felt just as fired up today after watching the show that Scola put on.

Posted by: wes | September 08, 2010 at 12:57 PM
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Wes - Thanks for posting that great article. I love anything that make fun of Pop's management team...especially since he made those dumb comments after the Lakers got Pau. Maybe the league should form a committee to stop teams from tanking games like San Antonio did so they could get Duncan.

Every international player that gets NBA experience seems to play much better in WORLD STAGE such as FIBA. The arrogance, selfishness and aggessiveness of NBA players have positively RUBBED on them.

Liu Wei of China, Huertas of Brazil, Penny of New Zealand, Andrey PF of Russia, Mozgov C of Russia are all very impressive because they have never played in the NBA, but plays with aggressiveness nontheless.

Timofey Mozgov is 7 foot 3 Center from Russia, big body, very athletic, runs very well and can shoot free throws. Nice pick up for the New York Knicks this summer.


Let's see how Lamar Odom handles him tomorrow?

Eric Gordon, Rudy Gay and Kevin Durant have been the best players and most consistent for Team USA. Kevin Love is also doing very well.


Puddle - I'm with you on the "housewives reality shows". My wife watched the one about Atlanta Housewives. But as a whole it cool that she watch her reality shows....cause then I can watch my NBA League pass around the clock without complaints. I will join her for a few of the reality shows....Amer Idol, Dance with Stars...so we can have a little bonding time.

Wes - I'll take that symbolic emmy...lol. Thanks.

LakerMike - I'm with you on the possibility of the "fast breaking bench"

Caliphil - Thanks. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

FEARless - you're right, Cap took care of his body. No coincidence he was able to play 20yrs. I see Kobe with the same type of dedication, but its much harder to do as a wing player.

Zaira - thanks for the compliment. How can you post from your IPhone? When I try from my IPhone it doesn't go through. Maybe its because I have the older 3G model. And by the way...some of our bloggers are tentative about sending in their profiles because yours was so exquisite.

Luis Scola, Fabricio Oberto and Carlos Delfino are all very feisty and their will is what made them win against Brazil. Luis Scola is unbelievable!

Zaira - Thanks for the compliment. I have to say you're already in full season form as well! I think I can safely say that everyone here missed your presence. Welcome back!

Guys - a post is being edited fairly soon. I don't know when it'll get up, but it should momentarily. I'll send out an official notice once it gets up.

MM

Here's what I think of Luis Scola:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYRVLAAA9_s

Hey guys we got a new post up. I hope you enjoy it

MM

Wolves starting to have triangle friendly roster.


Jonny Flynn PG, Luke Ridnour (Fisher,Blake)
Wesley Johnson SG (Bryant)
Corey Brewer at SF, Martell Webster (Artest,Barnes)
Kevin Love PF, Michael Beasely (Gasol, Odom)
Milicic C, Nicola Pekovic (Bynum)


Posted by: Staples 24 | September 08, 2010 at 12:44 PM

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Gotta agree and we should help him out some. Send Luke for Rubio rights.


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