Barry ‘Guarantees’ New White House Hoops Court

Bob Kravitz of the INDIANAPOLIS STAR has some fun news from the presidential campaign trail - direct from the mouth of Barry Obama.

As none of you may know, Richard Nixon built a bowling alley in the basement of the White House during his truncated tenure on Pennsylvania Avenue. Barry bowled a 37 earlier this week, so safe to say that at best, the alley would go unused during his possible presidential tenure.

Now apparently certain of his election, Kravitz reports that Barry already has his own plans for new athletic facilities at the White House. Read more…

Reports: Lakers Acquire Pau Gasol From Grizzlies

Mike Bresnahan of the LOS ANGELES TIMES reports this afternoon, “The Lakers have acquired forward-center Pau Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies for center Kwame Brown, guard Javaris Crittenton and a series of draft picks between the two teams.

Pau Gasol Traded To The Lakers

The MEMPHIS COMMERCIAL APPEAL also is reporting the trade, adding that the Gristle will get the Lakers’ “first-round draft picks in 2008 and 2010.

Despite Gasol’s production declining of late, this deal looks like it has the Lakers primed for a run to the NBA Finals. That is, if Andrew Bynum comes back healthy in 4-6 weeks. And they can find a position for Gasol.

Meanwhile, the Gristle probably did the best they could under the circumstances. Gasol made it clear he did not want to be in Memphis, so they lost leverage there. They get an expiring contract in Brown and Crittenton is a good prospect who was buried on the Lakers’ bench thanks to the emergence of Jordan Farmar. You’d like to think the first-round draft picks will help Memphis, but they’re likely to be low picks and not of much value.

More evaluation from REAL GM here.