The Lakers Got Globetrotter’d
As David Stern continues to spread his NBA seed across Europe, games like last night’s LA Lakers/FC Barcelona match-up are more and more common. What’s not common, however, is watching an NBA team — A World Champs NBA team no less — get treated like they were the Washington Generals, at least, during one play. The ball movement on display in the above video reminds me of a weave drill from a practice session; that is, with no defense.
While it was Fran Vazquez who finished the play with a nice dunk, the passing that set Vazquez up was world-class, and very Harlem Globetrotter-esqe.
Surprisingly, Barcelona wound up beating the Lakers, 92-88. Granted, one could assume the Lakers weren’t into the game, but then again, if that was the case, why did Phil Jackson play his squad big minutes? Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom got over 30 minutes of clock, while Kobe Bryant, Ron Artest and Derek Fisher logged 25 minutes or more.
One more thing: 2-15, Kobe? Really? What’s the matter? Too much fantasizing about having Michael Jordan on your team?