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Pau Gasol is the go-to guy so far for Lakers

December 11, 2008 | 12:45 pm

Today's Q & A session:There are questions here and some answers too.

I'm a shameful Kobe Bryant lover, but the best Lakers player through the first quarter of the season has easily been Pau Gasol, hands down. The way guys were driving around Kobe the other night, Sacramento was the first time I can honestly say the inimitable 24 is starting to look like a guy in his 13th NBA season. How can a team that is 18-3 look as lifeless, unfocused and disinterested as the Lakers often have lately?

Pao Gasol The Lakers' efense has no D. The Christmas Day matchup against Boston is infinitely more important, psychologically, to the Lakers than it is to the Celtics. Lose, and the Lakers run the danger of being Jedi mind-tricked.

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I'm convinced 5th-ranked USC would beat No. 2 Florida, No. 3 Texas and No. 4 Alabama. I only think they'd beat No. 1 Oklahoma.

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There's more of a chance that the governor of Illinois would pass a lie detector test than there was that the Dodgers were ever the least bit serious about a nine-figure contract for CC Sabathia. The $1 million for Mark Loretta is more in their current comfort zone.

Did Sabathia's lobbying (literally) of Ned Colletti -- one short, innocent conversation in a Vegas hotel lobby -- get the Yankees to ramp up their already giant offer of $140 million by another $21 mil?

With so many Americans hurting in this economy, does $161 million for a baseball player seem obscene, or are athletes and entertainers exempt from real-life sensitivities?

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Oscar de la Hoya looked so gaunt and lifeless against Manny Pacquiao, I wonder if he overtrained and also fought at too light a weight? Was it worth the money to the Olden Boy to go out that way?

Unbeaten Welshman Joe Calzaghe says boxing is dying in this country, but I'd buy the pay-per-view for Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. Maybe Pacman against Ricky Hatton, too.

-- Ted Green

Ted Green is a former L.A. Times sportswriter and currently senior sports producer for KTLA Prime News.

Photo: Pau Gasol. Credit: Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times

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