NBA TV's Brent Barry doesn't agree with analysts who think the Lakers should trade Pau Gasol. "Gasol is the most complete player who's still on that team," Barry told me. "They need to address issues with Andrew Bynum. How long can they wait for Bynum to get on the maturity bus?" ... I asked Phillies ace Roy Halladay who he thinks is the best pitcher in baseball. "Justin Verlander," Halladay said. "Recently he's been able to dial it down at times. You don't see 100 mph on every pitch. He's taken that overpowering stuff and become a pitcher with it." ... Miami Herald columnist Dan Le Batard says the Heat has wanted to face the Celtics in the playoffs because Boston knocked LeBron James (when he was with Cleveland) and Dwyane Wade out of the playoffs in the past. "Given that LeBron and Wade got together because of Boston," Le Batard said, "there would be great joy in not only finishing Boston's season, but finishing that era." ... Former Yankee David Wells pitched in the heart of the steroid era but says he wasn't offered performance-enhancing drugs. "I was too big," Wells said. "I was fat. I did it with drinking a little bit, eating a lot of bit."