Pau Gasol or Mike D’Antoni: Who Will Be the First to Leave the Lakers?

January 5th, 2013 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol insisted that he didn't want to be traded after being benched for the majority of the fourth quarter in a 107-102 loss to the Clippers on Friday night, but something definitely needs to change for the Lakers in a hurry.

Gasol was benched for the fourth time in the Mike D'Antoni era, and the only thing more confounding about his regression as a player is D'Antoni's complete and utter ignorance when it comes to utilizing Gasol's vast array of skills.

Many people expected Gasol's scoring to suffer on a team that has a roster that includes Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, but the beauty of Gasol's game is his ability to impact a contest in various areas.

Gasol doesn't need to score in order to be effective, but it is D'Antoni's responsibility to put him in the best position to make an impact.

Apparently, in D'Antoni's opinion, that place is on the bench.

D'Antoni has said that Gasol's most recent benching was not an indictment against him; it's just that Gasol was not having a very good game. What D'Antoni didn't say is that the bad games and benchings will likely contin ...

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