Herb Rudoy Rumors

The Lakers owned the 19th, 40th and 48th picks in the draft. They used their first-round pick on Javaris Crittenton, a guard from Georgia Tech. “I don’t want to look smarter than I am,” Filippi said. “If we were that smart we would have taken (Gasol) at 19 instead of Crittenton.” Gasol slipped past the Spurs, which surprised Gasol and his representatives. “They showed a lot of interest,” said Herb Rudoy, Gasol’s agent at the time.