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Doling out Easter candy to the Lakers

April 24, 2011 |  9:00 am

Photo: Molded light and dark chocolate bunnies from Chocolate Maya, a Santa Barbara shop. Credit: Chocolate Maya

By this time, kids have either devoured their Easter candy or parents have hidden away the baskets to avoid Easter Sunday bellyaches. Maybe they'd like to sneak a bite of chocolate bunny themselves. Plenty of Lakers -- namely Lamar Odom -- would likely feel the same way. Below, we've whipped up an imaginary Easter basket for a few of the Lakers, with something appropriate for each.

Kobe Bryant -- Marshmallow Peeps. It'd be tempting to go with jellybeans in honor of Kobe's dad, Joe "Jellybean" Bryant. But Marshmallow Peeps are more fitting. Two doctors, doing some silly science, reportedly tried to destroy Peeps using several methods and found them to be virtually indestructible. The same can be said for Bryant, who has nursed injuries to a knee, right index finger, left ankle and left elbow, among others. Yet, he still finds a way to stay on top of his game.

Pau Gasol -- Spain, Gasol's native country, isn't big on the bunny like the United States is, though there's often a big celebratory meal. So we'd have to make room in the basket for arroz con leche -- a rice pudding. The popular Spanish dessert consists of milk, rice, cinnamon, salt, raisins, sugar, butter and vanilla.

Ron Artest -- Peanut butter eggs. It would make a great promotional tool for his rap single "Peanut Butta."

Andrew Bynum -- chocolate bunny. It'd remind him of hanging out with Playboy bunnies two seasons ago.

Lamar Odom -- jellybeans. You really could give any Easter candy to Odom and he'd eat it. But he's mentioned in earlier interviews that he loves those sugary and addictive jellybeans, so let's just go with his favorite.

Derek Fisher -- Instead of a basket, Fisher can just go to the White House Easter Egg Roll. He is a president, after all -- of the NBA Players Assn. Plus, he's known for making eloquent speeches to his team. So it'd only be fitting that he take part in the annual ritual. Besides, Fisher would be setting a bad example if he actually ate Easter candy. So settling for a boiled egg would provide the perfect alternative.

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Molded light and dark chocolate bunnies from Chocolate Maya, a Santa Barbara shop. Credit: Chocolate Maya