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Pro volleyball players skeptical about Lakers playing volleyball

August 25, 2011 |  7:53 pm

Kevin Love

So much for what I know about beach volleyball.

As soon as I heard Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love would play in the Manhattan Beach Open, I naturally wondered how various Lakers players would do on the sand. I figured Kobe Bryant's ultra-competitiveness, work ethic and talent would allow him to excel. I concluded that the 7-foot Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum would be unstoppable at the net. Even if Luke Walton has provided a marginal impact in recent years for the Lakers, I thought his involvement with the amateur six-man volleyball tournament every year in Manhattan Beach suggested he had decent skill.

Various volleyball players and Love himself agreed with those points, but overall sentiment still concluded that no amount of basketball talent would directly translate onto the beach courts. 

I already went into great detail sizing up how various Lakers players would fare in beach volleyball. Now here's the chance to hear why I'm pretty much wrong. 


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Photo: Former UCLA basketball standout Kevin Love is planning to try his hand at volleyball while the NBA figures out its labor issues. Credit: Jason DeCrow / Associated Press