Leading Off: How about Lakers vs. U.S. men's team?

08/11/2012 12:00 AM

08/20/2012 8:28 AM

While the latest version of the Dream Team is headed toward another gold medal, the Los Angeles Lakers are putting together their own dream team.

After Thursday's blockbuster deal, the Lakers' big four – Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Steve Nash – are all Olympians, either current or past.

Add Ron Artest to the starting five, and these Lakers would give this year's U.S. men's team a run for the gold, especially with Bryant switching from red, white and blue to purple and gold in our imaginary game.

Sure, the U.S. team has greater depth – with Carmelo Anthony, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Deron Williams and Andre Iguodala coming off the bench – but does it have anyone who could stop Howard inside? Tyson Chandler?

The Lakers' starting backcourt of Bryant and Nash, though much older, would be competitive against Kevin Durant and Chris Paul. And Gasol, Spain's best player, would likely match up against Kevin Love, leaving Artest to handle LeBron James.

The game would never happen, but we would love to see it.

Tonight's prime time

Ch. 3, 8 p.m.-midnight

Track and field: Finals in men's 4x100-meter relay and javelin, women's 4x400 relay, 800 meters and high jump

Diving: Men's platform final

Volleyball: Women's final

For more TV listings, see Page C2; for a detailed schedule of events and complete TV listings, go to sacbee.com/olympics.

Locals watch

Keshia Baker, Fairfield, track and field: She ran the first leg of the U.S. women's 4x400 relay team that had Friday's best time. The final is today at 2:25 p.m.

Medal leaders

Team G S B T

United States 41 26 27 94

China 37 25 19 81

Russia 15 21 27 63

Britain 25 15 17 57

See Scoreboard on Page C9 for complete medal standings.

Weekend poll

What grade would you give to NBC for its Olympics coverage?






Vote above or leave your comments in the comments window, or go to www.sacbee.com/sports

Friday's results

What is the top moment of the Olympics so far?

Gabby Douglas wins women's gymnastics all- around gold medal: 19%

The U.S. women beat Japan to win the gold medal in soccer: 22%

Michael Phelps becomes the most decorated Olympic athlete ever: 38%

Jamaica's Usain Bolt doubles in the 100 and 200 meters – again: 13%

Other: 8%

Total votes: 211


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