Pau Gasol has developed a lethal one-two punch with Kobe Bryant over the years, and those two helped bring the Lakers back to glory in 2009 and 2010. After being traded to Los Angeles in 2008, Gasol changed the Lakers overnight and guided them to three consecutive Finals appearances from 2008 to 2010.
However, in the past few seasons Gasol has struggled to return to his championship form, and his future with the team has been in question. Gasol was nearly traded in the Chris Paul deal, but after a league veto the Spaniard remains with the Lakers.
Gasol will now enter the final year of his contract, and he says he wants to continue to play for the Lakers and hopefully add another championship ring to his collection.
It was a busy week for the Lakers Nation video crew, which included an interview with new assistant coach, Kurt Rambis, and a look back into Magic Johnson’s legendary career.
New Laker, Nick Young, has been making noise this summer at the Drew League but like the best of them, Young was on the wrong end of a monster dunk. Make sure to check out the video, where Young handles getting dunked on like a pro.
According to ESPN, the number of teams who wear the jerseys next year could jump to five teams, wearing them up to 12 times next year. Additionally, it was also reported that 20 teams may be selected to wear these sleeved jersey at least once next season. Among the teams slated to wear them at least once are teams playing on Christmas and St. Patrick’s Day games.
Lakers Nation News
Lakers’ D-League Affiliate Targeting Bob MacKinnon as Coach. [Pro Basketball Talk]
Clash of the Titans. [Forum Blue and Gold]
Watch the Dallas Mavericks’ pitch for Dwight Howard. [Lakers Now]
Lakers Rumors: LA Would Be Moving in Wrong Direction by Signing Lamar Odom [Bleacher Report]
Kurt Rambis happy to reunite with Wesley Johnson. [Lakers Now]
Pau Gasol ‘Would Love to Play’ for Lakers Beyond Next Season. [SB Nation]
Report: Pistons still interested in Rondo despite signing Jennings. [Eye on Basketball]
Carmelo Anthony reiterates he will not have shoulder surgery. [Yahoo Sports]
Former NBA player Craig Ehlo released from jail. [Sporting News]
Memphis Grizzlies Hire Elston Turner as Lead Assistant Coach. [Slam Online]
Report: ‘Melo likely to opt out. [SI.com]
DeShawn Stevenson Wants to Join the Miami Heat. [Slam Online]
Cuban: No regrets for Mavs’ rebuilding plan. [ESPN.com]
Carmelo Anthony says trade for Andrea Bargnani was a steal for the Knicks. [Pro Basketball Talk]