SportsNation Blog Archives Pau Gasol
On Tuesday, "First Take" discussed a report that the Lakers turned down a trade of Pau Gasol for Rajon Rondo of the Celtics. The trade would have been an unusual switch between two fierce rivals, but would it have made either of them better? Both players are major pieces of their respective teams and would necessitate huge changes in the way each team would play. What's your take?
Are Kobe Bryant's comments about Pau Gasol trade rumors -- "if they're going to do something, I wish they would just (expletive) do it already" -- cause for concern or just a harmless rant following a tough road loss?
Head not in it?
The Lakers had won three in a row before falling behind by 27 points on the way to a loss Sunday to the Suns, but a 5-11 road record has some worried that trade talk is getting to the team.
Stay or go?
No one argues that Gasol is a productive player, but are the Lakers championship contenders or does a change need to be made?
By a nearly two-to-one margin, SportsNation is already picking the Lakers to dispose of the Suns in the Western Conference finals. Then again, only 7 percent of voters thought Steve Nash's team would polish off the Spurs as easily as they did. But as SportsNation blogger Ricodade puts it, the Lakers are a different beast.
How do u like the lakers match up with the suns? how long do u see the series going?
ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi
I think the Lakers match-up very well with the Suns. I know the Suns have played better since the All-Star break but I still can't see them giving the Lakers much of a challenge. I like the Lakers in 5. Full transcript
Can you see my Suns advancing?
Yes. The Suns are playing really great basketball right now. I was hard on Steve Kerr when he made the changes he made and frankly, I still think it cost them a couple of successful years. But the Suns are back and I think they're a serious threat to the Lakers. The Lakers have more talent, but the Suns are more in synch at the moment. Full transcript
Emeka Okafor played three college seasons; Tyson Chandler didn't play any. Both were selected second overall in their respective NBA drafts; neither has had an abundance of luck staying healthy as a professional. Both looked good for stretches when they were on the court. The lesson here? Heck if we know.
Apparently the Bobcats and Hornets are also at a bit of a loss when it comes to two talented big men with physical baggage. The two teams swapped players Tuesday, with Okafor heading to play with Chris Paul in New Orleans and Chandler ... well, we hear Charlotte has some wonderful golf courses that should keep him busy during May.
When the Bulls picked Chandler No. 2 in 2001, both Pau Gasol and Tony Parker were still on the board (although in Parker's case, that was true for most teams in the first round). At least the Bobcats got some service out of Okafor after picking him No. 2 (and in a draft that saw Shaun Livingston and Rafael Araujo go in the top eight picks, it could have been worse), but imagine how things might look if the lottery had given them the No. 1 pick that went to the Magic.
This is a decent trade for Charlotte(only if Chandler stays healthy). Charlotte was the lowest scoring team in the league and Okafor has the offensive skills of a high school player. The team needs to score and win now. If they dont make the playoffs then at least fans will have more highlights. Charlotte is now a young and athletic team.” -- gilesjk84
I love Michael Jordan, but he's a complete failure as a front office guy. Just sit back and stay out of business deals Mike, you suck at it.” -- brianm23
I live in Charlotte and all you see for the Bobcats is Emeka Okafor, what are the Bobcats going to do without him? Really? This is one of the most stupid trades I've ever seen the Bobcats make in their small history. I hope this trade doesn't work or Tyson Chandler doesn't pass the physical or something please. Jeez!!!!!!!” -- swimmerchildren
Ricky Rubio is just one of many. No, not potential point guards for the Timberwolves, although that's also true, come to think of it. Rubio, whenever he gets to the United States on a full-time basis, will be just one of many European athletes starring in North American professional sports leagues.
Everywhere you look, there's a guy with good taste in food, a certain worldly "je ne sais quoi" and jeans that are just a little too tight. Heck, Kobe Bryant makes more sense in Italian these days than Delonte West does in English most of the time.
Where once there was the occasional Swede on skates, there are now Europeans everywhere you look (not applicable to residents of Arkansas). Well, almost everywhere. Scotland's Lawrence Tynes isn't exactly leading an EU assault on the NFL.
This was such an incredibly stupid draft pick by Minnesota, just horrific. Did they not do their homework at all? This kid is locked into Europe for two more years, because of that buyout. Moreover, the adjustment period of going from Spanish ball to the NBA will probably take another three years. So this horrible team that cannot sell tickets, drafts a guy that will not really pay off at all (if he even does) for five years. Stupid organization!” -- TorreroX
Rubio should take a lesson from American athletes. He should go play for Joventut, complain about a nagging injury, put out an embarrassing Youtube video, become a locker-room cancer, and generally become a pain in the ####. Next thing you know they be paying him to leave!” -- karltkoch