"Now with Dwight gone I am the reference inside and I am more like I was a couple of years back when we made the Finals three straight times and won two straight championships," he added.
"These next two months are the key months to find out how they really are," he said, adding that he wasn't in pain.
D'Antoni "had a tough position, I had a tough position," Gasol said. "I had a job to do, he had a job to do, so there really is no mystery. I know he had challenges. It was a very challenging season. Next season is a different one and a new chapter. So we'll start out fresh and do our best."
A career scorer of 18-plus points a game, Gasol had his worst scoring season in 2012-13, averaging 13.7. Now the four-time All Star is aiming to bounce back.
"I have a great motivation," he said. "It's the last year of my contract so I want to get back to being one of the top players in the league."
Edited by Ham, July 31, 2013 - 11:29 AM.