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Pau Gasol And Steve Nash Could See A Reduction In Minutes This Year

Steve Nash and Pau GasolMike D’Antoni told the Los Angeles Times’ Mike Bresnahan that both Pau Gasol and Steve Nash could see a reduction in minutes in this upcoming season.

“I think Pau and Nash will be 100% before the season starts,” D’Antoni said. “We’ll try to go slow with them during preseason and make sure they’re OK. We’ll see how the season goes but maybe work with them to keep their minutes down to where it’s manageable and keep them OK.”

The Lakers had five guys last season who played more than 30 minutes per game last season. Along with Gasol and Nash, Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and Metta World Peace all played more than 30 minutes a night.

With some infused youth to the roster, especially on the perimeter, it should be easier to bring down Nash’s minutes from 32.5 to, what would be ideal, closer to 28 minutes per game. The front court hasn’t added the depth that the back court has seen, so it may be a bit tougher to give Gasol the rest needed, especially with Howard gone to Houston.

Bryant, who logged an outstanding 38 minutes per game, should also see his minutes reduced next season despite not being directly mentioned in that part of the interview.

D’Antoni took over the team after Mike Brown was fired five games into the season. While the on-court philosophy changed between the two coaches, D’Antoni struggled with rotations just as Brown had in his lockout season as head coach.

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  • Zimmeredge

    our three star players can play 28 top notch minutes. we have a deep enough roster to make that happen.
    Nash 28 minutes -> Farmar & Blake
    Bryant 28 minutes -> Blake & Meeks (Young can play SG for few minutes)
    Gasol 28 minutes -> Kaman.

    and we will certainly bring in a player to strenghten our frontcourt.

  • Jim213

    Agree about Nash but I expect Kobe to play at least 35 minutes upon his return. Let’s not forget who holds the fort down though I’d expect Gasol to at least play 38 minutes a night. IMO, Just b/c we have fresher legs doesn’t mean that they’ll be able to put points up on a consistent basis to give these players more resting time. Plus I don’t believe Kobe would want to sit our for over a quarter.

    • Zimmeredge

      kobe had already expressed the need to play less minutes… it think that the amount of time he’ll spend on the floor will depend 3 things:
      1st: the team winning the game?
      2nd: back up players are effective
      3rd: Kobe fills in the stat sheet effectively.

      if he is 24/5/6 in 28-30 minutes, we are winning the game and our back up players are in great form then he’ll have to rest. we will have to trust our back up players and that’s where i expect d’antoni to disapoint me. last season he didn’t trust any of his bench players except Blake.

  • THX 1138

    If only the Lakers could cut Nash’s minutes back to about 0 per game they’d be in good shape.

    • Jim213

      IMO, Nash should play about 30 min as we can’t forget the $9 mil coming to him plus he’s also mentioned that he wants to give the LN there’s money’s worth next season (optimistic). Although, the Lakers are stuck with him if things don’t work out given that no one would take him given his age and minutes of contribution.

  • LakersBuss

    Yeah of course the Lakers should cut back the minutes of Steve Nash and Pau Gasol.I think Steve Nash is ready to retire and he needs only about 20-24 minutes per game.We have Jordan Farmar and Steve Blake as his backups.We are just fine at PG.

    As for Pau Gasol with his major injuries last season his body is clearly breaking down and he is in need of way less minutes than before,i say 24-27 minutes per game for Pau Gasol is more than enough to help him stay healthy and productive.

    The Lakers need another big man to help us out *Cough* Lamar Odom yes please.If not LO then sign Tyrus Thomas or Ivan Johnson.Maybe we can make a trade for Taj Gibson,we just need 1 or 2 more bigs.LO and Tyrus Thomas would be ideal to cap off the free agency period for us.Please get it done Mitch!

  • Marty Susman

    You mean Kobe, Nash & Gasol won’t have their legs & bodies run out of them by a coach that has NO clue who his players are or by a coach who dosn’t give a damn how he treats his players……

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