While the Lakers had a fourth-quarter breakdown last night, Iâ€™m not sure we learn a lot breaking that down. Fifth game in seven days, second night of a back-to-back against a young and athletic team. Pau looked tired but heâ€™s racked up enough frequent flier miles for a free trip to Spain in the last few days. Still would like to have won that one, but not a loss that should keep us up at night.
Instead, here are some thoughts and other things to check out from around the NBA Web today:
â€¢ Tex Winter doesnâ€™t get the idea of Shaq playing for the Suns either. He told Roland Lazenby that and more over at SportsHubLA.
â€œItâ€™s going to take Bynum a while to adjust after he gets back,â€ Winter predicted of Bynumâ€™s projected return in March/April. â€œHow he comes back remains to be seen. Heâ€™s young. He can recover quickly. But heâ€™ll have to relearn how to be assertive. Heâ€™ll have to learn how to play with Gasol.â€
â€¢ I heard Steve Kerr be interviewed this morning on Dan Patrickâ€™s radio show and he said it took him a few days to come around to the idea of the Shaq trade. My experience â€” if it takes you a few days to talk yourself into something, itâ€™s a bad idea.
â€¢ We all keep talking about the Spurs, Lakers, Mavericks and Suns as potential contenders in the West. We shouldnâ€™t leave Utah off that list, with Korver and Williams and Boozer they are a legit threat to win it all.
â€¢ The Lakers as the Justice League.
â€¢ Over at Yahoo, Skeets got an interview with Ernie Johnson, the glue of the TNT studio show.
â€¢ By the way, Shaq or no Shaq, they are going to replay the end of that Hawks/Heat game.
â€¢ Does the fact that we canâ€™t get an accurate count of who has how many delegates in the Democratic race for president suggest that maybe the system should be tweaked a little? (Yes, I know, I just broke my own rule and talked politics, but this just strikes me as silly.)