Originally written on Beyond The Buzzer  |  Last updated 11/18/14
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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, shaking his head. “It definitely doesn’t come from us. But it’s like New York. In Los Angeles, that’s what you guys do. That’s good. You guys talk and most of the stuff is wrong. You get people interested. I’m OK with that.” “I don’t see how a player as smart as he is, as talented as he is and efficient as he is, doesn’t fit in anybody’s schemes,” he continued. “I got to reevaluate myself if I can’t play with Pau Gasol. Come on. He’s won two championships.”
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