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Lakers News: Pau Gasol Adamant About Possible Bench Role Reviewed by Momizat on . Pau Gasol has been called one of the most talented big men in the NBA, but as of late, the seven-foot forward has been struggling on both ends of the court. His Pau Gasol has been called one of the most talented big men in the NBA, but as of late, the seven-foot forward has been struggling on both ends of the court. His Rating:
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Pau Gasol and Mike D'AntoniPau Gasol has been called one of the most talented big men in the NBA, but as of late, the seven-foot forward has been struggling on both ends of the court. His lack of production has led to severe criticism and Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni is open to the possibility of bringing Gasol off the bench.

However, Sports Illustrated reports that Gasol is not willing to take a reserve role. Gasol has been a starter his entire career and he would like to maintain that position for the remainder of the season.

“I’ve never come off the bench in my career,” Gasol said. “(Thursday) was my first game off the bench with the Lakers, maybe a couple other games due to injuries, but that’s it. I’ve been a starter my entire career. I’ve been a star starter my entire career, so I want to continue to be a star starter.”

It is clear that Gasol is not pleased to hear the reports that coach D’Antoni is thinking about placing Earl Clark in the starting five instead of him. D’Antoni brought Gasol off the bench in the Lakers’ loss to the Miami Heat, but there is chance that Gasol will be playing with the second unit for the foreseeable future.

This season, Gasol has averaged a career-low 12.2 points per game and is shooting a disappointing 42 percent from the field. The Lakers need Gasol to return to his former state if they want to make a push for the post-season. However, if the Spaniard cannot get it together, the Lakers may end up dealing him.

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  • jebe

    that’s the ego that kobe was talking about putting it aside. His entire career he was a starter. But the career Pau were talking about were the Pau of the past. not Pau of the present. Every star eventually lose it’s shine. Your shine are already diminishing. accept the role to help your team and put aside that ego Pau. I really don’t like Pau to be traded. but If he cannot accept a role that can help this lakers. Maybe it’s really time the lakers pull the trigger and trade away Pau.

    • http://twitter.com/OptimusP76 Prime

      You are forgetting our coach is using him wrong plus Pau is playing hurt bad knees so until Dantoni learns to use personal we will Lose.

  • Leon

    Yea, just like the Knicks should have traded Carmelo Anthony when he was struggling to play in D’Antoni’s schemes. “He’s a one-dimensional scorer. He can’t play well with others.” Oh wait, they replaced D’Antoni with the assistant coach and Carmelo (and the Kicks) turned into a powerhouse.

    D’Antoni, and really, the Lakers management, is the problem here. He’s stubborn, unstable, and has zero leadership qualities. Pau Gasol’s skillset doesn’t rely on his athleticism. It relies on his height and his SKILL. That’s not going to just DISAPPEAR the moment he turns 32.

    Look at how Pau was with Bynum all last year. Look at how Pau played in the Olympics. Is Bynum just a much better player than Howard? Did Pau get his power sucked out like in Space Jam? Or is it possible that we have a coach who’s trying to shove square pieces into triangle shaped holes and damaging confidence in the process?

    Face it, the D’Antoni hire was a big mistake and this season is basically beyond salvageable as a result. He absolutely has to go if the Lakers want to even think about making it out of the West. Not Pau.

    But, by all means, trade Pau and watch him go 18 and 10 with 2 blocks and 80% FT shooting for another team while we ride the Earl Clark train to a Finals dream that will never happen.

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