Lakers News and Rumors Recap: Pau is Whining as Lakers Lose

Lakers News and Rumors Recap: Pau is Whining as Lakers Lose


sadpauAfter playing their first game of seven on the road, and coming off a three game winning streak, the Lakers lost to the Suns 92-86. Kobe and the rest of the team have been jelling and making moves for the most part in the past two weeks, except for last night.

The most frustrating part about the game against the Suns was how great the Lakers ball movement was up until the fourth quarter. It appeared like the Lakers were playing as they had done recently. Unfortunately, in the fourth, the game unraveled. It started with a series of ball turnovers, much like the Lakers have done this season. With under seven minutes to go, Dwight hit the deck clutching his shoulder, and didn’t play another minute. At the end of the fourth, the Suns caught fire as the Lakers offense dwindled. Ultimately, LA blew a 13-point fourth quarter lead and lost.

Bad news for the Lakers; Dwight could be out for some time with a re-aggravated shoulder injury. Howard suffered the injury when he got the ball stripped by Shannon Brown. The big man sat out the rest of the game after being re-injured and will be re-evaluated on Thursday. When discussing his shoulder, Howard said:

“It’s real sore. Everything on (the right) side (of my body) is hurting pretty bad right now.”

Ouch. Howard remains adamant about avoiding surgery, but that option may only be avoidable forlong.

Pau Gasol wasn’t happy with his benching in the fourth quarter of the Lakers 111-106 win over the New Orleans Hornets. D’Antoni decided to go with Earl Clark in the starting rotation instead of Pau, which ticked off the Lakers vet. This was the fourth time that Gasol had been benched in the fourth quarter. Yesterday, the Lakers head coach fired back at Pau. D’Antoni explained his frustration, stating that Pau needs to learn to stop complaining and be a team player.

Do you think Pau is being bratty or should D’Antoni give him a chance?

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Final Score: Suns Eulogize Lakers 92-86 [Silver Screen and Roll]

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Antawn Jamison should not be part of any Los Angeles Lakers closing lineup [Silver Screen and Roll]

Tweetbag: Dwight’s Shoulder, Kobe Not Concerned [Silver Screen and Roll]

Howard Re-Aggravates Shoulder, Again [Silver Screen and Roll]

Nash’s Warm Welcome in Phoenix [LA Times]

Dwight Howard of Los Angeles Lakers to Have Shoulder Injury Re-Evaluated [ESPN Los Angeles]

Bryant Adds Twist to Lakers Attack [OC Register]

Lakers Winless on the Road in January [LA Times]

Steve Nash Returns to Phoenix … Again [Ball Don’t Lie]

Blogtable: The Lakers’ Answer [Hang Time Blog]

Lakers Receive Disabled Player Exception for Injured Jordan Hill [LA Times]

Paul Pierce, Kobe Bryant Proving Old Dogs Can Learn New Tricks []

Dwight Howard: Should is Sore [ESPN]

Lakers/Suns: A Dark Night in the Land of the Sun [Forum Blue and Gold]

Pau Gasol Frustrated and Challenged by Benching [LA Times]

Lakers Blow Lead, Then Game to Suns [OC Register]

Dwight Howard — Should Los Angeles Lakers Trade Star Center? [The Point Forward]

Lakers Hit an Early Bump on Road in Phoenix [LA Times]

Mike D’Antoni Explains Decision to Bench Pau Gasol of Los Angeles Lakers [ESPN Los Angeles]

Lakers’ Earl Clark Gaining Kobe Bryant’s Trust [LA]

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Grizzlies Shipping Rudy Gay to Toronto []

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Matt Barnes Ejected for Flagrant Foul 2 on Greg Stiemsma [The Point Forward]

Derrick Rose of Chicago Bulls Taking Full Contact in Practice [ESPN Chicago]

Gerald Wallace of Brooklyn Nets Rips Team After Performance Against Miami Heat [ESPN New York]

Duncan Still Out, Popovich Back for Spurs Wednesday [ProBasketballTalk]

Magic’s Glen Davis Breaks Foot [The Point Forward]

Gregg Popovich of San Antonio Spurs to Coach West All-Stars [ESPN]

Mavericks’ Kaman Suffers Concussion, Out Indefinitely [ProBasketballTalk]

Chris Bosh Among 18 Active Players Likely to Make Hall []

Paul Pierce: “I want to retire a Celtic” [ProBasketballTalk]

Rudy Gay Trade Shows LeBron James the Future: Super Team Era Ending [Yahoo! Sports]

Gay’s Gone, But Hollins Should Stay [Hang Time Blog]

Brook Lopez to Replace Injured Rajon Rondo on East All-Star Team [The Point Forward]

  • KB

    You know what I think? I think you should go study and stop writing this kind of crap. You don’t simply bench a player for no reason when he is playing very well in a game.
    We should trade the coach!

  • D’antoni is bitch

    D’antoni should not be the coach..hayst…. Fingers crossed…hope kobe and lakers find a eay ti make the playoff…

  • Rasheed

    Arielle Moyal, what is your answer as a Lakers fan to your question?

    Would he bench Pau in final games or in playoff games? We didn’t hire this incompetent coach to bench Pau. Mike D’Antoni record with Lakers is crying out loud about his failure and lack of leadership. There is no Harmony. Coach is suppose to create harmony.

    Fire the incompetent coach! When your coach is lost and creates disturbance in flow…everything goes haywire. $100 million dollar market, and your coach is benching one of the best players in NBA.

    injuries and lack of time playing together maybe the big factor. Lakers cannot win without Kobe. Kobe cannot win without his team. Adjustments will take time…

    • the equalizer

      @dr rasheed…i’ll go with logic ..dantoni is far from an incompetent coach…he’s one of the better coaches in the nba…there have been key injuries during the season, new system, new players , no training camp and preseason under dantoni…it takes minutes on the floor to develop doesn’t happen overnight…coach has had to do this on the fly, hence the different rotations to see what works…now the team is starting to gel (well howard injured again)…dantoni made the right move by starting clark and putting pau on the bench…pau gets to play the 5 and it strengthens the bench…and pau’s numbers have improved…clark is more athletic, versatile, and can defend the 1,2,3 and 4….it makes the team better and that’s what matters…pau will be playing the majority of the games in the 4th and at the end of games unless there are matchup problems…the phil jackson apologists will continue to bash dantoni whether the team wins or loses…no win situation…goo lakes..

      • Rasheed

        hmmm…interesting. Lets see wait and hope for the best. D12 injury is slowing down process.
        Coach has no respect from my side. Initially, I thought maybe he could do it…but I have lost faith in him. Everyone’s eye are on him right now. What is he going to? How he is going to excel in his task. Obviously his record is below his standards. Lakers fan expected higher standards for multimillion dollar market. There is no personal grudge on the coach. It is just we need and seek progress. Unfortunately, he disappointed so far. He should be able to find ways to go in positive direction despite injuries. Lack of spirit. It starts with the Coach. If players don’t respect the Coach, game is already over before it starts.

        • the equalizer

          lake fans are spoiled…they are not used to seeing this team go through adversity, but that’s what sports is all about…the frontrunner fans have already wilted like a flower, but not the coaches and players and that’s all that matters…Coach D is doing what a coach is supposed to do…getting this team to gel and playing on all cylinders…after all that has transpired this season, the team has finally started to gel and play as a team…blake’s return has been key for the second unit…

          the team has not lost respect for coach D or quit on him…i don’t know where you are getting that info…(media bs)… kobe and co still support the coach…

          barring key injuries, the lakes will be running on all cylinders come playoff time and they will be dangerous… it doesn’t matter how you start, but how you finish…goo lakes…