90041264MM_MAGIC_JAZZ_014L.A. Times: Losses don’t happen often to the Lakers, but there’s often something interesting to come out of them.

After their 102-94 defeat Saturday against the Utah Jazz, forward Pau Gasol wanted more touches.

He made a plea for more action in the post after being asked how it felt to collect 20 rebounds for a second consecutive game.

“I’m just being active, pursuing the ball,” he said. “I don’t get many looks offensively, so I’ve got to get my offensive rebounds. Otherwise, I’ll get five shots during the game. I’m trying to get my looks there, and I work hard and stay active and do what I can.”

Good thing for him that he’s rebounding a lot.

Gasol’s back-to-back rebounding efforts made him only the third Lakers player in the last 14 years to take 20-plus rebounds in consecutive games, joining Lamar Odom and Vlade Divac.

  • 242LakerFan

    He should get more touches on the offense. He’s our most consistent performer, especially now with Kobe’s finger causing him problems.

  • short dog

    bench pau. start mbenga.

  • Mathefora85

    MAN!! I hate this!!…I don’t know how much of these articles are truth but seriously….I don’t like how there is this disgruntled vibe being portrayed about the Lakers….To smooth things over…I think Kobe should just be the leader He is and take some rest…let the team just do some building and maturing…and give Kobe a chance to rethink some things as well…Kobe needs to think about the team’s goal (TO WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP!!)….The chemistry on this team is way too key to their victories and we can’t sit here and let a fricken broken finger mess that up!!!….I’m tired of people (Pau) thinking that after a few games of good rebounds, he starts believing he deserves this and that….like where is the selflessness (from all the lakers) that Phil is always coaching about?…Phil needs to have a team meeting and reel this nonsense in and get them refocused!!!….don’t they know teams are just waiting for the lakers’ heads to get so big that they self-destruct???……Phil needs to handle that before I DO!!!!! lol….but seriously….this needs to calm down.

    • Jim

      Yeah, it makes you wonder if these guys ever talk to each other. I love Pau, in fact he’s my favorite Laker. But grumbling to the press isn’t going to get favorable results. Just go to the team and say, Hey guys while Kobe’s injury is healing, don’t be afraid to get it down low to me a little more often, I’m more than willing to take a little more of the scoring load. Problem solved.

  • http://thelakersnation.com Kam Pashai

    It’s a truthful story — but it’s not going to be an issue with a player like Pau.

  • The Mamba24

    I don’t like he way Pau said this. He should talk to the team and keep it in house, not to air it out like he did. 5 shots a game? Come on Pau, cut the sarcasm.

    • http://thelakersnation.com/blog/category/original-articles/benchmob-beat/ Anna Gonda

      He’s said it in public before. I guess people are so used to him just sitting back, when he actually has something to say, it’s taken differently.

      I am disappointed in this loss, only because I felt like Kobe’s teammates had a chance to help him out when he’s obviously not well, and they didn’t. He should’ve been able to stay out of the game longer but he had to come in for what? To be the one on the floor who seemed to be working hardest even though he was the one who wasn’t 100%? That’s what made this loss so terrible to me. Utah’s not the better team, but they sure played like it on Saturday.

  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    phillip needs to write another KOBE book….some of us laker fans forget what a TOOL HE CAN BE…….

  • Gravy

    I agree, sometimes they force it to Andreww too much, who for some reason hasn’t learned how to pass the ball yet. They gotta remember Pau can score, but he’ll set others up as well.

  • GasolMVP

    When Pau speaks every Laker should Listen.

  • althelakerfanyoushouldmeet

    Lakers do need to feed Pau more.

  • LAKERMIKE247

    I said it throughout the Playoffs and I will say it again now.FEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEDDD GASOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    if mamba would pass the ball………………