Los Angeles Lakers Rumors: Latest Buzz Surrounding the Lake Show
The Los Angeles Lakers may have been eliminated from the 2012 NBA Playoffs, but that doesn't mean Kobe Bryant's team isn't still grabbing headlines. Here's the latest news out there regarding the 17-time NBA champions.
Pau Gasol Denies Interest in Chicago Trade
Bulls.com's own Sam Smith broke the news last week that according to "Lakers insiders" he had talked with, Gasol had expressed interest in a trade to the Chicago Bulls. The Spaniard has since denied ever doing so, telling Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Times:
I don't know where that came from. It's pointless to really worry about it. I'm totally cool with it, whatever they say. The stories will appear and then disappear on something that does or doesn't happen again. It sucks to be in that position, but it is what it is.
Gasol expressed to Medina that he would like to stay in Los Angeles and help the Lakers win more championships "as soon as possible."
Anthony Davis Wants to "Shut Down" Bryant
The Kentucky Wildcat product and projected No. 1 overall pick in this year's NBA Draft recently talked on the Dan Patrick Show and surprisingly had a few words regarding the Lakers' superstar.
Patrick asked Davis if there were any guys currently in the league he'd like to guard against and Bryant immediately came to the big man's mind:
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[Kobe]'s a monster...There’s a lot of guys that can’t stop Kobe. So if I stop him I could be one of the guys that say, ‘I shut Kobe down’.
With New Orleans likely to take Davis with the first overall pick, Bryant probably can't wait to face the Hornets next year.
Fenerbahce Make Offer to Lakers Consultant
Ettore Messina isn't a name many Lakers' fans are probably familiar with, but the decorated European coach spent the 2012 season as a consultant to head coach Mike Brown. If Turkish squad Fenerbahce have their way, Messina's days consulting Brown may be over.
David Pick of Sportando has heard from a European source that the Turkish team has extended a contract offer to the Italian native to become their new head coach.
Messina was recently in the running for the Sacramento Kings' and Toronto Raptors' head coaching positions due to his four Euroleague championships and experience coaching the Italian national team in the mid-1990s.
The 52-year-old is currently seeking offers from European clubs, according to Pick.
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