Let’s head out West for a look at the Pacific Division..
- Steve Kyler of HoopsWorld (via Twitter) would be surprised if the Lakers didn’t have interest in Knicks guard Iman Shumpert. Unfortunately for L.A., they don’t have the kind of young impact big that New York is looking for.
- In his new book, Lakers forward Pau Gasol discusses the trade that brought him to Los Angeles and the trade rumors that have swirled around him ever since, writes Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times. “The last two season have been challenging and difficult. The constant trade rumors, injuries and coaching changes — from Phil Jackson to Mike Brown, from Mike to Bernie Bickerstaff and from Bernie to Mike D’Antoni — have been a lot to take in.“
- The new-look Suns are the top fast break team in the league and they have no intentions of taking their foot off of the gas, writes Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic.