Very cool article on the Dodger coming to the Lakers practice facility. And yes, why would the Dodger need Manny when Kobe could play, huh?
Dodgers: If the Dodgers are unable to sign Manny Ramirez to play left field next season, there’s always a Plan B. And this plan doesn’t have to include free agents Adam Dunn and Bobby Abreu.
Instead, another superstar stated his interest in playing left field and batting third for the Dodgers — Lakers guard Kobe Bryant.
“Put me in left field and I’d run it all down. I’m faster than Manny,” Bryant said before adding he’d like to bat third. “I want the clutch situations. Put me in that pressure spot.”
And if the Dodgers are still looking for help in the bullpen, Lakers forward Lamar Odom said he could be the team’s closer.
“I’m a big, tall lefty that can get it about 80 to 85 mph with a mean hook,” said Odom, who stands 6 feet, 10 inches. “I’ve got a natural curveball.”
But Bryant wasn’t so sure that Odom has what it takes to be a closer in the big leagues.
“Close what?” Bryant said with a chuckle. “With that bum shoulder there’s no way. I’d smack his ball so far out of the park.”
All joking aside, it was a fun day Tuesday for several Dodgers prospects and general manager Ned Colletti to attend Lakers practice at the Toyota Sports Center.