The Lakers' issue now is making the pieces fit with one problem position, small forward . . . where Lamar Odom would have to go with Andrew Bynum at center and Pau Gasol at power forward. Phil Jackson wants a shooter there badly enough to start his favorite Martian, Vladimir Radmanovic. The weakest part of Odom's game is shooting, a problem that came home to roost with Garnett backing off him. Then there's Odom's $14-million salary, as the Lakers assume as much as $90 million in additional salary and luxury tax over the next three seasons with Gasol. However, from the day they made the trade, the Lakers never thought they would end up paying that much, suggesting they were already thinking of moving Odom. Indeed, Odom was in their package for Gasol until Memphis owner Michael Heisley took him out, asking for lesser players who afforded more cap relief. Odom then surprised everyone, meshing smoothly with Gasol to give the Lakers twin towers who were wizards with the ball and, according to San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich, the NBA's best passing team. (Los Angeles Times) Comment
Die-hard Mets fan Martin Silver cried fowl Wednesday over the team's way-past-midnight massacre of manager Willie Randolph. The season ticket holder sent by FedEx five whole chickens to the Amazin's owner Fred Wilpon to dramatize his displeasure over the classless firing. "They are chickens for doing this, the way they did it," Martin said. "I decided sending chickens was the best thing." Martin also plans to return his season tickets for the rest of the year and says he's not even sure he will go to Mets games next year. (New York Daily News) Comment
While defensive end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila said Wednesday he has "no doubt" his surgically repaired knee will be ready for the start of training camp, the Packers are keeping their options open. After informally asking the Dolphins what they wanted in exchange for defensive end Jason Taylor before the draft, the Packers have kept cursory contact with the Dolphins and have done their homework internally since then. Packers general manager Ted Thompson recently discussed Taylor with defensive coordinator Bob Sanders and defensive tackles coach Robert Nunn, who both coached Taylor with the Dolphins. Both assistants have a fondness for Taylor and would undoubtedly be in favor of acquiring the 2006 NFL Defensive Player of the Year. (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel) Comment
Russia's Konstantin Zyrianov (right) goes for the ball during the group D match between Russia and Sweden at the Euro 2008 championships.(AP Photo)
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