Originally written on BlackSportsOnline  |  Last updated 1/30/13

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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  When you go from a key contributor to two NBA Championship teams to a bench player, it can be safe to assume that a player may not exactly be pleased with his changed role. This is the case for Lakers forward Pau Gasol, who has been demoted to a bench player and has seen his minutes decrease. Although the Lakers are now riding a 3-game winning streak, not everyone is happy in LA. The latest issue stemming from Gasol being benched late in the 4th quarter against the New Orleans Hornets last night. When asked about how he felt about it, Gasol offered these comments. Per ESPNLA: “I’m a competitor, I’m a guy that thinks I bring a lot to the table, and not being on the floor is something that I don’t like, I don’t appreciate.” “It’s a challenge. We’re challenged every day, and I’m challenged every day to keep my calm and keep my peace and not let my emotions take over my words.” Pau, who’s battled with injuries this season, had triple-7′s last night (7 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists), b
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