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Pau Gasol’s season got off to a rough start. He clearly didn’t fit into Mike Brown’s Princeton offense and now Mike D’Antoni at the helm isn’t going any better. Gasol is posting career lows in points (13.1) and shooting percentage (42.3%) due to the fact that he’s forced out of the paint by Dwight Howard and taking more outside shots. While Pau is capable of knocking down the occasional jumper, it’s not his strong suit, and having to push himself up and down the floor is clearly taking its toll. D’Antoni has said he wants Gasol involved, but he was also asked after the Lakers’ loss against Memphis why he benched Pau for the fourth quarter, to which he replied that he “would like to win this game.” The up-and-down pace that D’Antoni wants has to be tough for a seven-footer who would rather slow things down and work with his back to the basket, but Gasol is working to get there. "We're all trying to get adjusted to the faster pace and running harder to our spots so the
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With Pau Gasol lost in the Lakers offense and the Knicks soaring without Amare Stoudemire, there are rumors that the two teams are discussing swapping their big men.
While Pau Gasol continues to struggle in the new Lakers speed ball offense, averaging a career low 13.4 points per game, Mike D’Antoni defended his starting power forward against the inevitable trade rumors and said contrary to outside belief, he thinks Gasol actually fits in his system:
According to the LA Daily News:
“I don’t get it,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said...
Pau Gasol trade chatter had increased in recent days in the media, but the Lakers are not looking to trade him.
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Pau Gasol has been a great fit so far in Mike D'Antoni's Lakers' "Run-N-Gun Lite" (since Steve Nash isn't running things) version of his old Phoenix Suns offense from years ago. You can understand Gasol's frustration with that system since it's a purely offensive heavy system with that...
Mike D’Antoni on Pau Gasol trade rumors: “I don’t get it. That definitely doesn’t come from us….It’s like New York, this is Los Angeles, that’s what you all do and that’s good. You all talk and most of it’s wrong. But it does get people interested and that’s good. I’m OK with that …”-Dave McMenamin
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It is no secret that Gasol is struggling with the Lakers, as Dwight Howard has pushed Gasol out of the post, where he is at his best. Howard works best with a stretch forward who plays on the outside, while he just dominates the paint. This tandem with Gasol and Howard simply is not working, as Gasol is averaging under 13 points per game. The team would be wise to trade Gasol while...
Last night Pau Gasol continued his disappointing start by posting 10/9/3 and a block in 32 minutes. Suddenly I’m getting questions from the left about him. I’m getting questions from the right. I’m getting questions from above and below! I’m getting questions everywhere, man! I’m like the guy that got food thrown at him by lots of people at the same time and am trying to...
Christmas decorations are still going up and trade talk has already begun to swirl around the Boston Celtics. The team’s rebounding woes and inconsistent defense combined with a potentially crowded backcourt and, of course, Danny Ainge’s reputation has led to talk about several names that may be available. Pau Gasol The Lakers’ early struggles have [...]
Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol has a reason for what his coach and Kobe Bryant think is a lack of hustle. He has tendinitis in both knees.
"It was just something that started flaring up in the preseason," Gasol told ESPN after practice Monday. "I didn't want to stop, and I don't want to stop now. I just don't have that luxury."
Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni told Ramona Shelburne of ESPN that he regrets leaving Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns for the New York Knicks.
"I shouldn't have gone to New York, I should have stuck in there and battled. You don't get to coach somebody like him [Nash] too many times. It's pretty sacred and you need to take care of it. I didn&...
Los Angeles Lakers center was challenged by Los Angeles Kings mascot "Bailey" to a free throw and three-point shooting contest.
Bailey won both challenges.
"Sometimes you have to lose to win," joked Howard afterwards.
Howard's free throw average this season is 47.8 percent while his three-point average is 0.00 percent as it should be.