Before Mike D’Antoni, Pau Gasol was averaging 37 minutes a game, with D’Antoni he has trouble seeing the fourth quarter and his minutes have dropped to 31 a game. He’s struggled to fit into D’Antoni’s system alongside Howard and is forced to play away from the basket, something he isn’t accustomed to. He’s shooting 39.3% from the field in this new system. So, what’s a man to do? Don’t whine, put your head down, or make excuses. Kobe Bryant’s message is simple: man up and make the adjustments, he has.
According to the LA Times:
”Put your big boy pants on. Just adjust,” he said. “You can’t whine about it. I’m 34 years old. I’m running screen-and-rolls out there. Steve [Nash] is out and my [tail] is running up and down the court more than I have my entire career. You have to adjust to it. I stay after practice and work on my ball-handling, my screen and roll.”