D’Antoni Says ‘Tough’ To Be An All-Star Without A ‘Winning Record’

D’Antoni Says ‘Tough’ To Be An All-Star Without A ‘Winning Record’


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During his career in the NBA, Pau Gasol has been named an All-Star four times and rightfully so. With Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and the entire backcourt out for most of the 2013-14 NBA season, Gasol was expected to step up in order to help the Los Angeles Lakers stay afloat in the Western Conference standings while making a strong case for a fifth All-Star appearance.

Unfortunately, despite Gasol’s best efforts, the Lakers have struggled this season and are currently one of the worst teams in the West in terms of their record (16-30).

Gasol will not be representing the Lakers in the All-Star Game in February after being passed over for West All-Star reserves. Head coach Mike D’Antoni talked about Gasol not being named an All-Star reserve saying that not playing on a winning team according to Mike Bresnahan of the L.A. Times:

“When you’re not in the top eight, top nine, I’m a firm believer that, you know what, numbers don’t mean a whole lot if you’re not winning,” D’Antoni said Friday. “So you’ve got to be very careful about putting somebody on the All-Star team that doesn’t have [victories]… unless you’re in the East, probably. If you don’t have a winning record, it’s really tough to get in there.”

Along with Gasol not making the cut for the West reserves, Kobe Bryant will not be playing in the All-Star Game either. Bryant had his knee injury re-evaluated recently and will miss at least three more weeks.

As a result of the Lakers ugly record and poor play, the storied franchise may miss the playoffs for the first time since the 2004-05 NBA season. Although the current record leads many to believe the Lakers will miss the postseason, the team is starting to get healthy. Steve Nash may be ready to return next week along with Steve Blake.

Kobe Bryant, Jordan Farmar and Xavier Henry are still be a few weeks away from a returning to the floor for the Lakers, but progress is being made in the rehab process.
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  • Daryl Peek

    MDA is 100% correct on this but his haters will use his words against him as the reason for the losing in 5, 4, 3, 2….

    They’ll also use it as another example of him hating big men/Gasol as he is the only Laker that could possibly be considered for the all-star team this season.

    • e3bonz

      It’s weird, for some reason Pau Gasol is most the hated of all current/ (and past?) Laker players. Whatever he does is either not good enough or too late.

      • Daryl Peek

        So true. Gasol is the whipping boy I surmise it’s his calm passive nature that draws out the IRE. Pau takes the high road more often than not. Most people see that as a sign of weakness hence the Gasoft Label always sticking.

        • Dragon7s

          Some would say it’s because of his lack of defensive toughness that the Gasoft label sticks.

          • Daryl Peek

            That’s a factor but given the right team circumstances he’s much better defensively than most give him credit.

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