As mentioned in the “Kobe Bryant Media Session” post, we’ll have video of L.A.’s All-Star players’ respective media sessions on the ver at All-Star Central page later today. In the meantime, here are a few comments from Pau Gasol:
Q: On Shannon Brown’s chances at the Slam Dunk Contest:
Gasol: I think he’s impressive enough to take the whole thing. The way he jumps, the way he palms the ball so much … I think it will be shocking for him not to (win).
Q: On if Brown dunks on D.J. Mbenga the most in practice:
Gasol: Probably. But most of Shannon’s dunks are on the break. He takes off, and you know how he dunks. But (yes), D.J. is definitely the guy who gets dunked on the most, because he goes after everything no matter (what).
On if he’s ready for the “Shooting Stars” competition:
Gasol: Not yet. I still have to figure out what the spots are. I think we still have to assign them. It will be interesting, but I hope I can make my spots and help the team. In this case it would have helped me to take some halfcourt shots (like Sasha Vujacic).
On Kobe Bryant’s absence from the game and health:
Gasol: It’s a pity that Kobe can’t play, but I know that he needs that ankle to heal, and that’s for the best of the team. It’s a good thing. He brings so much excitement and hype to the (All-Star) game … (but) I’ll do my best in the game and try to stay out of trouble, out of danger and try to have fun.