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D.J. Mbenga released from Belgian national team

August 24, 2011 |  2:17 pm

D.J. Mbenga

A common perception remains that the Lakers would've been more equipped to win the 2011 NBA title had they retained their young bench from the 2010 championship team in favor of a veteran-laden reserve unit.

The Lakers would benefit from more youth and athleticism in general teams. D.J. Mbenga's recent release from the Belgian national team, however, serves as many examples why that logic reeks of 20/20 hindsight. He may have eaten more minutes than Theo Ratliff ever did while Andrew Bynum rehabbed his surgically repaired right knee. Mbenga wouldn't have provided much, though. Consider the assessment from's Wendell Maxey after seeing Mbenga hoop it up in Belgium: "[F]avorite go-to moves: turnovers and missed layups."


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Photo: Former Lakers center D.J. Mbenga was recently released from the Belgian national team. Credit: Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images