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Lakers News: Pau Gasol Hopes To Play More Minutes With Chris Kaman Reviewed by Momizat on . [new_royalslider id="229"] Coach Mike D'Antoni's small-ball offense has received some comments from Lakers center, Pau Gasol earlier this season. Along with oth [new_royalslider id="229"] Coach Mike D'Antoni's small-ball offense has received some comments from Lakers center, Pau Gasol earlier this season. Along with oth Rating: 0
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Lakers News: Pau Gasol Hopes To Play More Minutes With Chris Kaman

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Coach Mike D’Antoni’s small-ball offense has received some comments from Lakers center, Pau Gasol earlier this season. Along with other frustrations coming from the Laker bench is Chris Kaman, who has only appeared in 38 of the 73 total games the team has played.

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Recently after Monday’s practice, Pau Gasol spoke with Mike Bresnahan and Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times to express his hope to play with Chris Kaman on the court together after he comes back from vertigo:

“We played a few games in the preseason, and I think it was pretty effective. I think people were pretty excited and we got good results from it, but we really never went back to it during the entire season.”

The ll-year veteran, Chris Kaman, has experienced his most frustrating season of his career with the purple and gold. Averaging only 18.6 minutes, Kaman has been able to put up 10.3 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.

D’Antoni’s decisions to not play Kaman revolves around a number of reasons. Robert Sacre has played the majority of the minutes due to his defense in the post. Also Kaman’s offensive game reflects as a mirror to Pau Gasol’s versatile style of play. The result of having both of the same players on the floor does not equate to coach D’Antoni’s interests, leaving Kaman to sit on the bench.

As for Tuesday night’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Gasol is probable after sitting out four games. It remains to be seen if Gasol will get the chance to play with Kaman in the final nine games of the season, but Kaman has shown that he can produce when given minutes.
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D’Antoni Praises Chris Kaman, But Still Unsure Of Role


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  • Old Coach

    The mark of a good coach is to set up an offense and defense to suit his players. Trying to make your players adapt to a system is counter productive to success. DAntonio has done that with poor success, time to go!

    • Josh

      Exactly. Like when Phil Jackson was hired to coach the Lakers and tried to force Shaq and Kobe and the others to adapt to Tex Winters’ triangle offense. So counter-productive to success!

  • C*HarrisTHEboss

    Whomever is still backing up D’Antoni is a complete bafoon

    • Chrmngblly

      I hate that you are so bashful, Boss. Why do you sugar-coat everything? Let us know how you really feel.

  • 3339

    it is absolutely ridiculous that Kaman hasn’t played much this year. dantoni is such an idiot. Pretty sure every player knows it on that team, especially Pau.

  • Carl

    BREAKING NEWS:Mike D’Antoni has been fired!

    april’s fool

  • Joseph

    Mike D’Antoni is a piece of crap coach,he should be fired ASAP.GTFO RETARD!

  • Skinny Guy

    Mike D’Antoni quit and took the Marshall job April Fools lol.

  • roseducanna

    Too late use GASOL and KAMAN. Fire coach MDA. They must played together in a first game.

  • http://www.onlinedatingranking.net/ Sonya

    This has been a frustrating season for Lakers fans.

  • Danny E. Pagan

    Offense has been fine all year. Big problem has been defense and that was supposed to be Rambis specialty. Fire Rambis bring in Nate Macmillan. Nate & D’antoni would be a great coaching duo and they know each other from Team USA ( yes D’antoni was a Team USA assistant coach and if anybody actually paid any attention they would’ve noticed that a lot of the star players always say hi to D’antoni and talk to him a little bit during games) . D’antoni is the scapegoat but the real problems have been a BS roster filled with role players and no stars, injuries to the best 2 players, and bad defense -which u can blame D’antoni if you want but it really should fall on Rambis who is the defensive coordinator. D’antoni maximized the young talent on this roster at the expense of Kaman however the Lakers will reap the benefits long after D’antoni is gone if they keep the guys that have clearly improved under D’antoni like Sacre, Meeks, Kelly, Young, Bazemore, etc.

    • Daryl Peek

      Player development was the goal of the team this season from the jump. I’ve repeatedly said exactly all you just did, all season long. Kaman bares some of the blame for his lack of minutes also, running his mouth too much and always finding a way to get into a coaches dog house. The injuries are the biggest culprit of this lost season. Just like last year they created the platform for internal dissent given team chemistry never stood a chance because of the key players constantly on and off the court.

  • comrade24

    When Kaman and Gasol played together in the preseason they killed it! Great ball movement between the two bigs. this would have been a great combo all year. The problem is the Lakers have 3 decent bigs (Gasol, Kaman, Hill) and two that they’re trying to develop (Kelly, Sacre) it makes it hard to develop younger players while giving time to vets.

  • Chrmngblly

    We are in this mess because of Jim Buss, the man who brought us RudyT, Mike Brown and MDA

  • Peter Maguire

    TOO LITTLE TOO LATE …Jeez this dumbs…. is just an idiot to not have gone this route all season with the lack of healthy players and why would you not play the twin towers role. D’Antoni just doesn’t impress me in his attention to detail, defense and demonstrating he has the wit to use the personnel wisely. Jordan Farmar and Kaman got the shaft through the year and why did Hill not become an exciting 6th man or starting small forward, he always works hard on D and gets in the mix for the garbage points to with his all out aggressive play.
    I do think Jerry West and Phil would have been able to make this team -as sad as it was still competitive and possibly even a playoff contender Injuries killed them and lets hope Jeanie hasn’t lost the Logo’s number – there is a lot of talent about to get released and KLove as well as Carmelo know the money that can be made while living in LA. Decent draft but the tournament has totally shown me that a bunch of freshmen are not going to walk into the NBA and light it up – maybe not even 1 of this class will make a big splash. So…. New Coach, new youth, good acquisitions and destroying the CAP is all on the agenda this offseason.

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