Originally written on Beyond The Buzzer  |  Last updated 11/17/14

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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Mike D’Antoni announced Monday that Pau Gasol would be out as Lakers’ starter permanently. He stressed that the Lakers play better when they’re small and that Earl Clark, who played well in Gasol’s absence, is the new starting power forward. Well, Pau Gasol isn’t happy with the decision as you may of suspected. He recently made it clear that he wants to continue to be a starter as he has been his entire career, and he reiterated that to TNT sideline reporter, Craig Sager, prior to Monday’s game in Chicago saying he is “not at all happy with the decision.” Pau Gasol to Craig Sager (Video): “I’ve never been a role player in my life and I don’t like it right now.” On possibility of time with Lakers coming to an end with the trade deadline approaching: “It certainly looks like a possibility to me.”
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