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Pau Gasol to have MRI on knee today

Posted on: April 4, 2011 9:40 am
Edited on: April 4, 2011 9:59 am
 
Posted by Royce Young

Late in the third quarter of Sunday's loss to the Nuggets, Pau Gasol went down awkwardly and immediately grabbed his right knee. For a second, Laker fans saw their future flash before their eyes.



Gasol went to the bench and then the locker room. He ended up being OK as he returned to play 11 more minutes. The Orange County Register reported that Gasol experience some swelling and soreness in the knee so as a precaution, Gasol will have an MRI on it today.

It looked like a minor hyperextension and with the way Gasol returned and acted after the game, it doesn't sound like there's anything to really be worried about. But it is a soft reminder of how the most important part of these last two weeks of the season isn't actually catching the Spurs, but making sure you're healthy for the playoffs. An injury to a player like Gasol changes everything entirely.
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Since: Aug 25, 2008
Posted on: April 6, 2011 12:16 pm
 

Pau Gasol to have MRI on knee today

Go back and look at some of the stats for that series, Wade got hot and carried the Heat to that championship.  I'm not saying Wade is better than Kobe (Wade has only won 1 NBA championship).  I would also never say that Wade in his prime is an equal to Kobe in his prime.  However D Wade for one series in 2006 had a Kobe esque performance.  As a reminder, here are some of his stats:

Game 1:  28 points, 6 rebs, 6 assists
Game 2:  28 points, 8 rebs, 3 assists
Game 3:  42 points, 13 rebs, 2 assists
Game 4:  36 points, 6 rebs, 6 assists
Game 5:  43 points, 4 rebs, 3 assists
Game 6:  36 points, 10 rebs, 5 assists

I believe any Laker fan would be happy to see Kobe with numbers like this in the finals. 




Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: April 5, 2011 7:47 pm
 

Pau Gasol to have MRI on knee today

Comparing Kobe's finals appearances against Dwade is crazy. Dwade played against a soft Mav's team that let Dwade do whatever he wanted. While Kobe played against probably 2 of the top 5 defenses in the league, Boston and Orlando.. and went 2 out of 3.



Since: Feb 10, 2010
Posted on: April 5, 2011 5:33 pm
 

Pau Gasol to have MRI on knee today

I enjoy reading the various opinions regarding Kobe Bryant.  The only thing I have to say regarding this matter is love him or hate him, without him the Lakers would not have won five titles during the past decade.  You take him from that team and the Lakers get bounced early and often.



Since: Aug 25, 2008
Posted on: April 5, 2011 3:38 pm
 

Pau Gasol to have MRI on knee today

<Laughing>  Thanks!!  I get frustrated with the Laker homers as well, but have enjoyed our conversations. 

I enjoy these conversations if someone isn't so much of a Kobe hater/basher they refuse to see the other side of the argument.  For example, Kobe sucks because he's a rapist.  What does his experience in Colorado have to do with his skills as a player.  Incredibly stupid argument. 

I watch nearly every Laker game (not real popular with the family), and every time Kobe can't find his shot I cringe.  But then the fourth quarter rolls around and the Lakers are down by half a dozen and Kobe comes through more times than he fails.  Then, in the playoffs he seems to find the intensity that's needed to win for every game.  I honestly don't know how he finds that switch, but he does.  As a Laker fan, the regular season can be brutal, but in the playoffs he reminds us why he has 5 rings. 




Since: Jan 20, 2011
Posted on: April 5, 2011 3:19 pm
 

Pau Gasol to have MRI on knee today

Crunch-Time...wow, I have never heard ppl call us Laker fans classy and knowledgable!  I hear more often than not, rude, crass, bandwagon jumpers, and just flat out biased and blind lol.

Thanks tho!  Its nice to see a Celtic fan actually give praise.  I really hope we see u guys again in the finals.  I would love to see Shaq and Kobe finally get it on, although shaq is clearly not what he was.  I love seeing those guys go at it.  Love to see them in a Finals match up.  And if we won, we would tie u for number of rings.  A lot at stake! lol

Id also like to see Lakers and Chicago finals...itd be nice to see if Phil can go out beating the team that he started his legacy at.... 



Since: Oct 20, 2009
Posted on: April 5, 2011 2:25 pm
 

Pau Gasol to have MRI on knee today

Rand070357... Kudos on a great post. I would like to argue with you but I can't because what you say makes sense, although I do think there are a few players better than Kobe (my opinion). As a Celtics fan, it's killing me but I had to give you 5 star ratings. As much as I hate the Lakers, I have to admit Lakers fans are a classy group with alot of basketball knowledge. Although I have to burn WarnertoHolt on a daily basis because he's such a Kobe homer.




Since: Aug 25, 2008
Posted on: April 5, 2011 12:25 pm
 

Pau Gasol to have MRI on knee today

There's several players right up there with Bryant and in my opinion some are better. Not everyone has the luxury of playing with Gasol, Bynum, Odom etc...Or the luxury of having Phil Jackson.  Yes Bryant is one of the top players in the league but he's not clearly the best. He misses alot of shots and takes too many difficult shots that he shouldn't be taking at this point in his career, especially with the talent around him.

Rand>  Agreed,and some that have definitely put up better stats.  A person can make a case for Kobe being the best player, but you can make that same case for 10 players in the NBA.  I do believe that Kobe is one of the best fits for the Lakers out of the best players.  If you had to trade for one of the top ten with Kobe, and expect the Lakers to have a chance to repeat, my list would be pretty short. The first player would probably be D. Wade, then Derek Rose, and perhaps Kevin Durant.  This is not homerism, but I do believe that Kobe is the best fit for this team right now.  Kobe provides more intangibles than the other players.  For example, he give the Lakers what they need to win whether it is strong defense, shots in the clutch or assists. He has unmatched competitive fire in big time situations and nearly always delivers.   


Dwight is too inconsistent


Other than FT shooting I don't understand how you can make this statement. People are always cutting on him for his offensive style (or lack of), but the bottom line is Howard scores 20+ every single night and he does with a high FG%. It doesn't matter how you score, just so you're efficient in doing so.

R>  Dwight really has improved this year.  Orlando has tried for years to get Dwight a great supporting cast, but nothing has worked yet.  They tried Vince Carter and that didn't work, now they are experimenting with Jason Richardson.  Garnett was in Minnesota for 10 years, and they never found the right supporting cast for him.  What he needs is a Derek Rose, Dwyane Wade, Russell Westbrook, Deron william or CP3.  Someone at the PG or SG position that can help spread the floor.  So, if he ever wants to win an MVP or multiple MVP's he needs a better supporting cast (much better).  It probably won't happen in Orlando.  But even with his non-support cast, he will probably be #2 in MVP voting. 



Since: Oct 20, 2009
Posted on: April 5, 2011 11:41 am
 

Pau Gasol to have MRI on knee today

Like him or not, there's no denying that Kobe is the best player in the league right now and has been for the past several years.  D-Wade is there too, in the top 3 or 4, in my opinion.  I think people give Lebron too much credit.


There's several players right up there with Bryant and in my opinion some are better. Not everyone has the luxury of playing with Gasol, Bynum, Odom etc...Or the luxury of having Phil Jackson.  Yes Bryant is one of the top players in the league but he's not clearly the best. He misses alot of shots and takes too many difficult shots that he shouldn't be taking at this point in his career, especially with the talent around him.


Dwight is too inconsistent


Other than FT shooting I don't understand how you can make this statement. People are always cutting on him for his offensive style (or lack of), but the bottom line is Howard scores 20+ every single night and he does with a high FG%. It doesn't matter how you score, just so you're efficient in doing so.



Since: Aug 25, 2008
Posted on: April 5, 2011 11:29 am
 

Pau Gasol to have MRI on knee today

Kobe is nowhere NEAR the best player in the league right now. Admit it.

Ok, c'mon nowhere NEAR?  Let's talk about the top players in the league this year (yeah the players up for the MVP).  Here is the order that I think you will see:

1.  Derek Rose (What he has done for Chicago this year is truly amazing.  He deserves MVP)
2.  Dwight Howard (His numbers have improved and the only thing stopping him from winning the MVP is Orlando's record)
3.  Kobe Bryant (Playing very well since the All-Star break.  Along with Andrew the main reason we are contending for the best record)
4.  Lebron James (Having another outstanding year, but the team has been disappointing.  Also DWade may be better)
5.  Kevin Durant (Solid year again, but Westbrook has also stood out this year.  Who is really the MVP of the Thunder?)
6.  Dwyane Wade (You have to list LBJ a little above due to his numbers, but this is the guy I want taking shots in the 4th qtr.)

My order may be a little off, but Kobe will be in the top 5 of MVP consideration.  In my book, that puts him on the list of top players in the league in 2011.  Not to mention over the last 10 years. 

So yes, he is near the top, if not at the top.  For the Lakers he is one of the best choices, and for the playoffs he is the best choice. D. Wade is the only player I would consider to even begin to fill Kobe's shoes.  To me, it's not about points, it's about the will to win and his competitive fire.  Lebron James chokes in the clutch, Rose does not yet have the experience, Dwight is too inconsistent and Kevin hasn't yet gotten to a Conference finals. 

So, with the game on the line, or in a playoff series, I really do want Kobe Bryant on my team. 




Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: April 5, 2011 10:52 am
 

Pau Gasol to have MRI on knee today

Kobe is nowhere NEAR the best player in the league right now. Admit it.


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