"You look around this building and you see [Wilt] Chamberlain, and you see [Kareem Abdul-Jabbar] and you see Shaquille O'Neal, those are three pretty good centers," said Kupchak, referring to the team's retired jerseys at the Lakers' team practice facility in El Segundo. "There was also Jerry West, Gail Goodrich and Magic Johnson," he continued. "You can debate the whole topic. Am I going to say that we selected him because we think that's the direction this league and the game is going? I don't think that's the case. You still need quality big men in this league and if any of those players on the wall were available, we would have selected them."
Jah must of really screwed up that second workout!
Gabe Olaseni was flown to Los Angeles for one of his 12 pre-NBA Draft workouts with the Lakers.
He didn't find out that morning just how impactful this one-hour session would be.
Olaseni, the Big Ten Conference's Sixth Man of the Year, found out the Lakers brought him in Friday to go one-on-one against who could be the NBA's first or second man picked: Duke 7-footer Jahlil Okafor.
"I just relished the challenge. I definitely brought my 'A' game," said Olaseni, who averaged 8.1 points and 4.8 rebounds per game for Iowa last season. "And they were really appreciative of the intensity I showed going against him."
Word has it that Olaseni held his own and then some Friday. The center, who shared time with Adam Woodbury last season at Iowa, has seen his pro stock rise in the last few months — especially after ranking first among all 64 college seniors at the Portsmouth (Va.) Invitational in April in blocked shots (3.7 a game) and second in rebounds (10.7).
I think this dude probably played really good defense, and Okafor struggled.