NBA locker rooms can get a little crowded sometimes, especially when you have big men sharing stools and lockers within mere inches of each other.
Such is the scene the other day, when ESPNLA.com was on hand to catch this humorous video. It starts out simply enough, with Pau Gasol answering questions about Robert Sacre, and whether the rookie center can contribute to the Lakers this season.
Then the camera pans right and – HELLO! – it’s Sacre, sitting shoulder-to-shoulder with Gasol listening to the whole thing. Even funnier? Gasol hadn’t realized Sacre was there.
The two share a laugh, then more questions for Gasol – about Sacre.
Mike Brown's presence lured Antawn Jamison to LA
Antawn Jamison signed a 1-year deal with the Lakers in the offseason, in part to play with great talent and to make a run at a championship.
But perhaps the biggest reason is that Jamison was eager to play for coach Mike Brown. Jamison also played for Brown for part of the 2009-10 season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and as Jamison told the L.A. Daily News, “to me, it was a no-brainer.”
"He's not willing to let things go through the cracks now," Jamison said. "He's really on point. I think they had a comfort zone in Cleveland where they could kind of just go through the motions.
"He wants us to do things the correct way. It's good."
Jamison said Brown is the “perfect fit” to guide a veteran team seeking a championship. “I don’t know how many coaches could come in here and put their stamp on this team.”
Calderon-to-Lakers rumors shot down
One of the concerns for the Lakers so far during the preseason is the question of who will run the point when Steve Nash needs a rest.
Steve Blake, Chris Duhon and Darius Morris all seem to be in the mix so far, but can the Lakers do better? One rumor that gained some traction over the weekend was that the Lakers were trying to pry Jose Calderon away from the Toronto Raptors.
Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk puts the silliness of the rumors into perspective here, and also passes along a tweet from Marc Stein of ESPN, in which Calderon’s agent says “There’s absolutely nothing to it.”
So much for that one …