Originally written on 5TH QUARTER MAGAZINE  |  Last updated 10/24/14
Nba_may_25_d1c6
  When the Lakers got Pau Gasol in a trade for a bag of air in 2008, that was seen as a robbery since Pau Gasol is one of the most talented power forwards in the game.  Basketball fans saw the basketball abilities of Pau Gasol as he helped Kobe Bryant reach the Finals when he arrived and eventually winning a title the year after. Recently, Pau Gasol has not been himself.  He is battling knee tendinitis and battling to get minutes.  A starter battling for minutes?  That seems like the case under coach Mike D’Antoni’s new system.  Antawn Jamison is coming in for Pau Gasol and eating up his minutes.  Also, Pau seems lost in this new system.  He has been complaining that he has not been getting touches and has seen himself away from the basket and shooting jumpers from the elbow. In an article by ESPN Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant has had enough of Pau Gasol complaining and being soft.  The Black Mamba had some not-so-kind words for his teammate in an attempt to toughen him up.  He said, Put your big-boy pants on.  Just adjust.  Just adjust.  You can’t white about it.  You can’t complain about it. Kobe was referring to how Pau should just get into basketball player mode and play your game.  In other words, Pau needs to stop thinking and just play.  He is too talented to not be in the paint causing damage alongside center Dwight Howard.  Kobe would continue on to say, We’re not going to lose him.  That’s just not going to happen.  I’ve been around him long enough.  I know how to deal with him. What Kobe is trying to say here is that Pau Gasol is not going to get traded.  The media has speculated that Pau is on the trading block due to his skills not meshing with D’Antoni’s system.  Even coach D’Antoni said that having to “lose Pau” is not what he wants.  To sum this all up, Pau just needs to step up.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

C-USA hired PR firm to help Marshall’s playoff chances

Wilson denies rumored Harvin rift, blames media for scrutiny

Report: Cowboys could limit DeMarco Murray's touches

Lakers announce Steve Nash to miss season with back issues

Is Mack Brown the best option for SMU?

Jeremy Kerley on new contract: 'Bentleys for everybody'

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Buss: Any FA who won’t play with Kobe ‘probably a loser’

NFL to start airing its own anti-domestic violence PSAs

Ex-Bronco John Boyett punched cabbie, told cops to call Elway

Former NFL QB still feels effects of concussions every day

Robert Klemko given four-week suspension from The MMQB

Michael Vick: Percy Harvin won't be a monster here

NFL teams facing potential must-win scenarios in Week 8

WATCH: Jeremy Lin poses as Adidas employee for prank

WATCH: Peyton screams at fans to 'shut the f- up!'

Father auctioning off infant son's soccer club allegiance

Love thanks T'Wolves fans in essay for not burning his jersey

WATCH: Browns WR 'kicks out' son over favorite player snub

Memorabilia dealer wants Todd Gurley reinstated immediately

Aaron Rodgers gave girlfriend Olivia Munn a 'special ring'?

The 10 college football programs with most to gain in Week 9

Most disappointing potential dynasties of divisional era

WATCH: OHL hockey coach goes off on reporter: ‘F*** you!’

PK Subban as Michael Jackson at Canadiens' Halloween party

Lakers News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

NFL teams facing must-win scenarios in Week 8

Programs with a lot on the line this week

Wilson denies rumored Harvin rift

Lakers: Steve Nash out for season

Is Mack Brown SMU's best option?

Are sports leagues finally getting serious about domestic violence?

Brian Urlacher rips Jay Cutler

On Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and embracing newfound roles

Top NFL storylines: Week 8

Kiffin's mom worried for son's safety

Report: Goodell will have to testify

Penguins do 'O Canada' following tragedy

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.