Pau Gasol: Criticism of Los Angeles Lakers Forward Is Unfair

November 24th, 2012 by donald wood Leave a reply »
While it is clear that Pau Gasol isn’t having the start to the 2012-2013 season that he and the Los Angeles Lakers would have liked, the inner turmoil of the club, the turnover at head coach and the four different offensive schemes the team used in the last four seasons aren’t helping matters.

The criticism from his teammates about his conditioning is not fair; this is a process that takes time.

Lakers star Kobe Bryant once again handled the situation poorly and took his criticism to the media, telling the Los Angeles Daily News about his teammate's weaknesses:

Pau is used to laboring up the floor and coasting a little bit. In this offense, we have to put the motor on the first few steps we move up the court.

While the criticism of conditioning issues for Gasol were very obvious during the 113-97 loss Tuesday at Sacramento, the fact that the entire team is transferring to a new offensive style proves this is a process.

For some players—someone like Gasol, who never played in a style like the one D’Antoni runs—the transition from one offensive scheme to the next will take longer.

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