Analyzing Pau Gasol's performances in European Championship
--Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin remains impressed with Pau Gasol's play against Poland.
--The Times' Lance Pugmire reports that the NBA and its players union plan to meet again this week for negotiations on a collective-bargaining agreement.
--The Times' Richard Winton details ex-Laker Javaris Crittenton waiving his right to an extradition hearing.
--Ball Don't Lie's Eric Freeman remains amused at Ron Artest's guarantee that the Lakers will win the 2012 NBA title.
--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe remains skeptical of a Lakers' triple tower lineup.
--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller argues that the NBA off-season storylines have become absurd.
--CBS Sports' Royce Young notices Gasol's optimism about the NBA lockout and the Lakers' title chances.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Phillip Barnett provides a play-by-play breakdown of Gasol's 29-point performance Wednesday against Poland.
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Photo: Pau Gasol celebrates Spain's victory over Portugal during the second round group A qualification match at EuroBasket2011. Credit: Joe Klamar / AFP/Getty Images