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Posted January 18, 2013 - 09:45 PM

Hey all,

Kind of a mess between Pau and D’Antoni – and it’s not just about starting or finishing:

Pau Gasol and Mike D'Antoni are not on the same page


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Posted January 18, 2013 - 10:01 PM

"My job is to try to get the best team on the floor all the time and make it work," maintained Coach Mike D'Antoni after practice Friday. "That doesn't mean I'm not including him. I just mean, that's my job."

Even before his recent concussion, the team moved away from running the offense through Gasol. With the Miami Heat trapping Steve Nash, Gasol thought the Lakers missed an opportunity.

"We talked about doing it in timeouts, but we never really got to do it in the game," said Gasol. "[The Heat] show so much and they're so aggressive to the ball, it takes one defender off me and then it's a four on three, with me catching the ball on the top of the floor and making decisions and attacking from that point ... getting an open shot almost every time. We didn't get to do it that much. Hopefully we'll do it down in Miami in February."

"The Golden State game for instance, we ran a lot of the elbow sets where I caught the ball from the elbow and made plays from there," said Gasol. "We got four different looks just out of the one set, four different shots, layups, dunks open shots."

So where did that go?

"You're preaching to the choir, my friend," answered Gasol. "There's so much I can do. I don't play by myself. We're a team. We [have] a coaching staff."

There's tension between Gasol and D'Antoni that is bigger than just starting and finishing games.

"We have to figure it out, tighten up our execution, know what to run, know where we can get good looks from down the stretch and not just rely on Kobe [Bryant] to bail us out every time because right now he's been on this defensive task of guarding point guards," said Gasol. "It's going to take quite a bit of his legs too. We have to understand and be smart. That's a challenge in this profession."



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Posted January 19, 2013 - 05:03 AM

I see Gasol is trying to do dwight job and get Dantonie Fired...

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Posted January 19, 2013 - 10:54 AM

Can't wait for this Train wreck of a season to be over

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