Should Pau Gasol's ankle injury spark concern?
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--ESPN.com's Mark Woods reports that the Spanish national team expects Pau Gasol to play in the second round of the FIBA European Championships beginning Wednesday after suffering what the team called a "mild ankle sprain."
--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky says he believes that Gasol will recover just fine, but understands why Lakers fans would be concerned about the injury.
--Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick asks readers of his NBA Confidential blog whether they side with the owners, players or neither party regarding the ongoing negotiations for a new NBA collective bargaining agreement.
--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr details Gasol's possible interest in playing with Barcelona Regal should an NBA lockout persist.
--Pro Basketball Talk's Matt Moore argues that a 2011-2012 NBA season must happen because it could mark the last chance for Kobe Bryant and LeBron James to match up in the Finals.
--Be sure to bookmark this site. Former ESPN NBA scribe Chris Sheridan just launched his own website, detailing in his first article that the league and the players union are closer to an agreement than they're saying. Former Times NBA columnist Mark Heisler will be among the contributors to Sheridan's site.
--Fox Sports West's Matt "Money" Smith lauds Ron Artest for improving his reputation.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell details Mike Brown's rough commute from his Orange County home to the Lakers' practice facility in El Segundo.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano provides a few "fast break thoughts" on a number of Lakers topics.
Tweet of the Day: "I'm better. I had some pain in the ankle but I'll be ready to go on our next game on wednesday. Thanks for your support #Eurobasket2011" -- paugasol (Pau Gasol)
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "I know b-ball is their livelihood and understand love of country but I think playing ball overseas while being a star can be a detriment. Hope Kobe is watching/reading this. I see no upside to it personally." -- Orlando Thomas
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Pau Gasol plays with the Spanish national team at the FIBA European Championships. Credit: Joe Klamar / AFP/Getty Images