Originally written on Crossover Chronicles  |  Last updated 10/20/14

Laker Pau Gasol #16 after scoring in the first half during game seven of a Western Conference semi-final playoff basketball game between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center on Sunday May 17, 2009 in Los Angeles Photo via Newscom

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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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