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Kobe Bryant Calls Out Pau Gasol: ‘Put Your Big-Boy Pants On’ Reviewed by Momizat on . The Los Angeles Lakers suffered their fourth loss in six games on Sunday night falling to Orlando Magic at Staples Center. After the dominant offensive performa The Los Angeles Lakers suffered their fourth loss in six games on Sunday night falling to Orlando Magic at Staples Center. After the dominant offensive performa Rating:
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Kobe Bryant Calls Out Pau Gasol: ‘Put Your Big-Boy Pants On’

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The Los Angeles Lakers suffered their fourth loss in six games on Sunday night falling to Orlando Magic at Staples Center. After the dominant offensive performance against the Denver Nuggets two nights earlier, the consensus was that the new-look Lakers may have finally turned a corner with everyone getting involved and the offense flowing from start to finish.

Unfortunately, the Lakers have a tendency to be a streaky basketball team with no consistency from game to game. One night the Lakers appear to be a legitimate NBA title contender with a bright future and the next is seems to be back to square one.

One player that has received more criticism than any under new head coach Mike D’Antoni is two-time NBA champion Pau Gasol. The trade rumors have kicked into high gear once again with Gasol as the centerpiece with talk of the Spaniard simply not fitting in D’Antoni’s offense.

In the loss to the Magic on Sunday, Gasol scored 11 points, grabbed seven rebounds while hitting only four out of 11 shots from the floor. The veteran forward only played 29 minutes against Orlando and has begun to rub teammate Kobe Bryant the wrong way.

Kobe made the following comments about Gasol following the loss to the Magic via Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com:

“Put your big-boy pants on,” Bryant said after the Lakers’ 113-103 loss to the Orlando Magic on Sunday that dropped the team’s record to 8-9. “Just adjust. Just adjust. You can’t whine about it. You can’t complain about it.”

The frustration continues to mount for Kobe and company with Gasol possibly being the first to be sent packing if things don’t turnaround quickly. Gasol has recently been mentioned in a few trade rumors that the Lakers’ front office might be exploring.

The most recent rumor involves forward Ryan Anderson of the New Orleans Hornets. There’s been no details of how the deal would ultimately go down, but Anderson seems to fit the mold of D’Antoni’s style and may be an option for the Lakers heading towards the NBA trade deadline on Feb. 21, 2013.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/noel.pondevida Noel Pondevida

    dont blame pau everytime lakers lost .howard in the stripe is one of culprit ,his a very very very poor foul shooters ,worst than shaq .mike didnt use hill ,whats wrong mike ,those players paid million of dollars and you didnt use them .a s a coach u must utilize them fully to the extent .

    • http://www.facebook.com/john.caygill John Caygill

      I agree with you 100 percent! I just think Mike is a good coach but not a great coach. What we as die hard Laker fans deserve is a great coach and they screwed that up. I feel sorry for Kobe because I don’t think they can win a championship with D’Antoni. I hope I am wrong and when Nash gets healthy it will change everyting.

      • Dr. Rasheed Syed

        Cannot expect too much from Nash…
        Other factors have to kick in.
        I agree with you…at present saga, future looks bleak.
        But I am not giving up on my Lakers!

    • Dr. Rasheed Syed

      Coach is learning the situation the hard way unfortunately. We have been thru Shaq era and free throws. Coach wasn’t here to experience how it affected the fans.

  • Brain

    Gasol needs to play harder or go back to Spain

    • Dr. Rasheed Syed

      He needs play harder yes.He is going thru knee issues.
      Lakers have two option: rest him or give him few minutes and utilize him to the max.
      at present Lakers are mostly injured team…Kobe, D12, Blake, Nash, Hill…(some are recovering from injury while other like Pau are on his way towards injury due to his knee issues)

  • medem

    pau is not the problem, d’antoni is the problem just imagine pulling out a player, jodie meeks who just hit a triple, in their losing game against orlando. replaced by kobe who happened to cost their game where is your common sense white mike, are you afraid of kobe

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000528831227 William Jones

    I’m a big Lakers Fan, but in my opinion they never should have traded for Dwight Howard, could have gone after another 7-footer like JaVale Mcghee who play well in a fast break offense. Yes, they got rid of Bynum and his bad knees, but in my opinion he had a better game than D12 and for those complaining about Pau, he will never play good against other big men…just not his nature to play a strong game against big men. He is a typical European type of player who would rather play outside the paint than under the boards and sometimes he gets lazy, therefore no hustle…

  • http://www.facebook.com/diamondjax Jaclyn S Gambaro

    I don’t think Pau is the problem. He’s just the Laker’s scape goat. The Orlando Magic made a mockery out of DH fouling him in the 4th quarter and he missed most of these freethrows (which also count as POINTS). There’s also NO defense. Pau is one player, not the whole team.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jimmy.n.lane Jimmy NightTrain Lane

    pau for andersen is a joke..dantoni has proven nothing….lets not ship away one of our best players for Dantoni’s “offense”

  • Moses

    To be honest with all u guys pau gasol is soft and u guys are right phil did make to the champioship twice with pau but it shoud have been three if he wouldnt have let perkins and big baby push him around like a little rag dog and it dosent matter about dwight misses look at all the defense of things he do for us somebody needs to tell kobe to try to pass the ball a little more because when he scores less we win

  • aznlaker fan

    why blame always to Pau, why not blame on Howard or the bench they didn’t help at all. Up to now I could not get the reasoning of the management of not getting a great coach, instead preferred just a mere good coach, Sloan is a better coach than Mike. How about us laker fans demand from the management a great coaching staff like Phil., if they won’t hear us then let us watch instead the clippers game. We the fans are the one giving the Lakers their financial resources so if they can’t heed the fans request then we better not watch any laker games so they can feel the brunt of the fans…I for one can sacrifice not watching a laker game we can substitute for a while clippers game.

  • Chris K

    Yes Gaosl is Gasoft, but D12 missed enough FT’s that could have won the game…and it’s NOT the first time! Hell, call a spade a spade. I do like D12 over Bynum, but only because D12 will give his all during games where Bynum may or may not show up. Why D’Antoni left D12 in the game during the stretch after seeing their strategy makes me wonder where his and his assistants heads were. He should have been on the bench during that time. That in no way was Gasol’s fault!

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