Lakers News & Rumors Recap: Mike D’Antoni Now Values The Presence Of Gasol Reviewed by Momizat on . It was widely known throughout the course of last season that Pau Gasol and Mike D'Atnoi didn't necessarily see eye-to-eye. But with the departure of Dwight How It was widely known throughout the course of last season that Pau Gasol and Mike D'Atnoi didn't necessarily see eye-to-eye. But with the departure of Dwight How Rating:
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Lakers News & Rumors Recap: Mike D’Antoni Now Values The Presence Of Gasol

pau-gasol-kobe-bryantIt was widely known throughout the course of last season that Pau Gasol and Mike D’Atnoi didn’t necessarily see eye-to-eye. But with the departure of Dwight Howard, and Gasol assuming the position as the primary big man in a Laker uniform, Mike D’Antoni has had to reevaluate his approach to how he will use Pau.

In an interview with ESPN LA’s Dave McMenamin, D’Antoni discussed how Gasol being able to win championships with Bryant created a unique bond of trust between the two. There success together ultimately helped D’Antoni realize that Pau is at his best when he is a featured part of a team (2007-10) rather than just a piece:

“When you win together, you create this bond of trust and it goes both ways. I think Pau understands Kobe and can give him a lot of room, at the same time, I think Kobe understands Pau and where he’s coming from.”

When the two best players are on the same page, it assures that the entire team will be able to play to their strengths and creates an environment where everyone is free to communicate:

“The bottom line is, everybody plays to their strengths. Everybody has their egos and when you trust each other, then things can be said that get you back in line a little bit.”

Moving forward into this season, D’Antoni knows that in order for the Lakers to have any kind of success, Pau will be key, but more importantly, team chemistry is going to have to be better:

“We didn’t have a lot of that last year. It just didn’t happen. We had a lot of people that didn’t trust each other and that kind of was our woes. So, this year, we’re looking to improve that a lot.”

Throughout the off-season, numerous players have discussed the importance of team chemistry. The Lakers clearly didn’t have that last season and it showed every time they stepped on the floor.

Led by Kobe and Gasol, if everyone is able to get on the same page this season and understands their roles, it can give the team that extra lift of energy to push through and surprise teams.

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  • Jim213

  • Dusk

    I’ve seen this article few days ago.

  • 3339

    only took him a whole season to realize how valuable Pau is to our team. smh

    • Qing Zhang

      That’s because last season the Lakers FO, coaching staff, and including us fans were all focused on Dwight Howard. Come think of it, we were all stupid enough to be tricked by that &*!@@##$$

      • 3339

        that really sounds like an excuse for dantoni benching Pau. He’s trying to justify his idiotic coaching.

  • Lakers4Life

    LOL look at Dumbtoni trying to talk a bunch of crap and try to slide his failure last season under the rug. He can talk as much as he wants, but Lakers fans will always want his arse out of Lakerland. Let the ‘we want Phil” chants begin this coming season!

    • 3339

      this was the smartest post I’ve read on here. dantoni is a moron. all the excuses around this guy are unbelievable. he should not be the Lakers coach. He should be fired for anyone else.

  • ra

    Pau Gasol, the new (and improved) Amare Stoudemire. DH couldn’t fit the bill (as the new Stoudemire).

  • #LakerNation310

    D’Antoni i agree this wasn’t the job for him but you can’t put the blame all on him the team made lots of TO, the Defense was horrible, alot of injuries, and no bench depth. the good was they were a top Offensive team with all the TO and dwights missed freethrows. cut down the TO dwight is gone nomore freethrow problems and hopefully they play a little defense because they have the fire power


    To be fair to macaroni he should get a fresh full year and see what he can do with this roster its more his style we should have ok season keep 4 or 5 young guys for 2014 season but he has to show something great with this young core if not go get Jerry Sloan

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