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Los Angeles Lakers players Pau Gasol (R) of Spain and Kobe Bryant joke during a practice session in Barcelona October 6, 2010. The Lakers will play against Barcelona in an NBA Europe Live basketball game at Palau Sant Jordi on Thursday. REUTERS/Albert Gea (SPAIN - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

The NBA General Managers were asked to take a survey on what they think will happen in the NBA  season.  The GMs overwhelmingly choose the Lakers as the favorites to win a title next season.  The Lakers, at 63%, were ahead of the Miami Heat,  at 33.3%, and the Boston Celtics, at 3.7%.  The GMs were also asked for their choice of this seasons MVP, and Kevin Durant was the favorite at 66.7%, followed by Kobe Bryant at 25.9%  Although the Miami Heat signed the top three free agents this summer, the men in charge know what it takes to win a championship and they see those qualities in the Lakers.

The NBA General Managers have voted the Los Angeles Lakers as the favorites to win the title this season:

The Latest on the Lakers

Here is the Lakers’ practice report for October 6th, 2010. The Lakers practiced in Barcelona and played around with Spanish children as a part of the NBA Cares Clinic. [ BasketBlog]

Kobe Bryant said his injury is getting better, but has not fully recovered.  Bryant will play limited minutes in tomorrow’s  FC Barcelona game. [ BasketBlog]

Take a look at the Lakers’ trip to Barcelona in pictures. [OC Register]

Ron Artest was voted the toughest player in the NBA by the General Managers— he is a pretty “big” dude.  According to Artest himself, he also want to box and play football. [Sporting News]

The Latest on the NBA

Dwayne Wade is expected to miss two weeks, after he injured his hamstring in last night’s pre season game against the Detroit Pistons. []

The Detroit Pistons also experience injuries in last night’s game, Jonas Jerebko and Terrico White both left the game with a tore right Achilles’ tendon and broken right foot respectively. []

Last year Hakeem Olajuwon helped train Kobe Bryant, but this year he is helping center Dwight Howard with his game. [Slam Magazine]

David Stern expects NBA pre season games will be held in Brazil before 2014. []

The Milwaukee Bucks cut their second-round pick Keith “Tiny” Gallon. []

Gilbert Arenas believes his role on the team is to mentor John Wall and then… leave. []

On Friday December 17th, 2010  at 7 p.m. EST, the Miami Heat will make their trip to Madison Square Garden to take on the Knicks.  That game will be special for many reasons, including to fact that it will be seen in 3D! [Slam Magazine]

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