Pivot Points: Laker Thoughts, Verbal Shots, And Things Of That Sort

December 22nd, 2009 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
Laker Thoughts:  One thing that has been lost in the Los Angeles Lakers' charge to a possible repeat is the disappearance of reserve Josh Powell since the return of Pau Gasol.

Powell's banishment to the deep end of the bench seems surprising considering the huge strides that he had made since being given the chance to play some quality minutes.

Powell offers an alternative for the Lakers in that he is a terror on the boards and he has the ability to step outside of the paint and stroke the mid-range jumper with consistency.

I'm not sure if coach Phil Jackson feels that his talents are no longer needed or if Gasol's return just means that Powell ends up being the odd man out.

I hope that Powell does garner more minutes in the future because his story is an interesting one indeed, and the obstacles that he has had to overcome to reach this point are considerable.

For one, he left North Carolina State University way to early due to the faulty advice of several people in his entourage, and spent the next several seasons bouncing around Europe and the NBA before he found a stable situation in Los Angeles.

His tale ...

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