Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol says its not playing with Dwight Howard, its the system that "makes it tough at times."
"I don't find (playing with Howard) tough,"Gasol told USA TODAY Sports after recording 10 points, nine rebounds, five assists and four blocks in his return. "It's more the system right now that makes it tough at times, because (Mike D'Antoni) wants four guys to be spread and one interior guy, and it's a guard-oriented system, so that makes it tough.
"I think there's enough looks for both of us. But again, it's not a system that you post up a lot, so we'll see. We've just got to figure it out, but if you've got two great post-up players, you've got to utilize it."
On Tuesday night against the Charlotte Bobcats, Gasol and Howard played just 16 minutes together. But D'Antoni said it's on the coaching staff to find a successful way for the big men to play together.
"It's our job to figure out a way for them to play together because they're both really good," D'Antoni said. "We could have two 7-footers and have something that people don't have.
"We got to figure that out, and as Pau gets more comfortable and in shape, we will figure it out to a certain extent. I don't know how much. I think they can coexist."
Kobe Bryant makes it sound easy.
"Realistically, you've just got to play to their strengths," he said. "I don't really think it's that big of a deal.
"(Gasol) just wants to win. And for us to win, if we have things that we need to exploit, then we need to go there. It's not that hard…We're not worried about who's shooting what, who's getting this touch. Who the (expletive) cares? You've got to do what it takes to win."
We shall truly see if D'Antoni's offense is the best for the Lakers when guard Steve Nash returns. He's been out since Oct. 31, but could play Saturday against at the Golden State Warriors.