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After the Lakers’ most recent loss, a 118-98 drubbing by the league best Indiana Pacers, Pau Gasol made sure his voice was heard post-game.

“There’s just too many individual actions right now. It’s really not a good flow and rhythm out there.”

“We got to be unselfish. If we see a teammate open, we have to make sure that guy gets the ball. Otherwise, it’s really deflating”

“When you get outrebounded by 20, I don’t care who you are and what you do, it’s not going to work and you’re not going to win.”

“I don’t think there’s a lot of discipline right now”

Gasol clearly isn’t pleased with how things are going, I don’t think anyone is for that matter.  D’Antoni decided to play small ball against the Pacers and ended up having the much smaller Wes Johnson guard the much larger David West.

“We do have guys with size who can do well.”

Tonight, Gasol played 27 minutes, Kaman played 14, Hill played 10, and Sacre played 6.  Clearly D’Antoni is favoring his smaller guys and is straying away from the bigs on the team, which is a detriment when the Lakers are playing bigger teams like the Pacers.

Gasol’s frustration hasn’t only been seen today, it reared its head back in December as well.

After Gasol openly complained about not being utilized in the post enough, D’Antoni had this to say:

“It’s also a nice excuse not to play hard, that’s a classic, ‘I don’t know what I’m supposed to do.’ Well you don’t have trouble getting up to the pay stub line.  You know what you need to do to get your check.  You know what to do. They will.  They’ll figure it out.”

Gasol has not been happy with the way D’Antoni utilizes his bigs on his team, he would much rather play small ball with a run-n-gun style offense.  It’s unfortunate to see Gasol so upset with his usage and the overall usage of the team as he has definitely earned more respect than he is receiving from D’Antoni.

Needless to say the Lakers are going to have to choose between the two this coming off-season as Gasol most certainly doesn’t want to return to a team where he isn’t used properly.  For that matter, no big man would want to come to Los Angeles if D’Antoni is still coaching, as they would receive limited minutes and not be put in a system where they could realize their full potential.

This off-season will be telling, Laker Nation, telling indeed.

  • MOD

    I wonder how long the FO could keep up to this. This is a big issue and I rather see Pau stay than D’Antoni. Small ball won’t do you any good here in the NBA.

    • Josh

      Meanwhile, in the real world, the team without a center is the two-time defending champion…

  • Rigged4fun

    A simple question, how many NBA teams won a championship as a predominately 3pt shooting team? D’Antoni’s system doesn’t suit the NBA.

    • independantbynature

      Here’s the simple answer.ZERO !!!

    • Max Prime

      Well if you count the Golden State Warriors with Chris Mullen, Tim Hardaway and Mitch Ritchman and the Phoenix Suns with Nash, Stat and Marion. I think that make it NONE!!!

      • Rigged4fun

        Wasn’t Nate Thurmond on that Warriors team? If I’m not mistaken the Warriors haven’t won a championship since they moved from Philly.

    • Josh

      I would argue that the Heat are a 3pt shooting team. Many teams in the NBA run some variation of D’Antoni’s offense. Space the floor, let the primary ball handler find an open shooter, and let it fly.

      • Rigged4fun

        I disagree Josh with the Heat as characterized as a primarily 3pt shooting team. Especially as James becomes a more post up player. Their offense comes from driving the off guard and forward through the key and wrapping around for catch and shoot. D’Antoni’s offense true spreads the floor but it generally is an overload on the perimeter. Aspects of his offense is used by all teams, however there’s never been a champion who has been strictly relied upon 3pt shots.

  • Anonymous

    Mike Dantoni is sleeping with Carmelo’s wife

  • Ryan

    This coach is a IDIOT

  • Jorge L Marroquin

    the coach is retarded cause he doesnt know how to do anything else except blame the players that he cant control… “It’s also a nice excuse not coach hard, that’s a classic, ‘I don’t know what I’m supposed to do.’ Well you don’t have trouble getting up to the pay stub line. You know what you need to do to get your check. You know what to do. They will. They’ll figure it out.”

  • Al Haldie

    Its about time PAU – HE has been doing his crap for 1 1/2 years now and has got no where he has not a CLUE — wrong man for this job – but of course everyone knew that except JIM BUSS

  • Andy Cauble

    Worst coach in the history of the Lakers. There is no excuse for him or what the team has done. In juries or not, D’Antoni is a blight on the Lakers and the NBA.

    The most efficient players on the team according to the PER system are all big men, yet D’Antoni doesn’t know how to implement them and insists on playing ragtag street ball with kids who need discipline not smiles and rips on the team and the fans.

    This guy, D’Antoni is terrible for the team, league and the game of basketball.

  • cwhite2440

    D’Antoni is not and nab coach I don’t care what he did over seas it don’t work in the nba and I hate if my lakers keep him we are not going to win all the coach out there and they pick this guy we could be a 500 team but just like last nite guy going on a run and he will take out what working five mins in the game he suck as a coach and everyone knows it hill is the best PF we have and D’Antoni don’t like him really whats not to like about this guy he plays hard every nite even doe he getting miss treat by you D’Antoni why you think all them teams came after the guy Lakers suck long as this guy our coach. Been a lakers fan for 20 something years and this guy is the worst coach we had hands down.

    • Ralph Rivera

      I agree..what we finaly have is a decent bench but no starters…we need re sign jodie meeks, X,wesley johnson, Hill,kasenmore,gasol, kaman ok starting 5
      Point?/marshall kobe jodie hill gasol bench X, kasenmore,wesley,kaman…..big free agent carmelo

  • Rizal

    I wasn’t happy that Dwight Howard left the Lakers. But now I don’t blame him for leaving. This is the wrong coach for the Lakers, period.

  • Joe

    D’Antoni needs to resign just like he did in New York!

  • independantbynature

    Antoni (No D’ as far as I can see) is clueless.Small ball against the Pacers and Grizz.Anyone surprised Lakers got out-rebounded by 20 a game?Gen. Patton would be proud of all the tanking going on in L.A.

  • independantbynature

    The trade deadline has passed.Pau is not coming back to play for Antoni.Sounds like a good time to tell the truth about what’s going on.

  • sthixs27

    maybe the lakers are using D’Antoni as a part of tanking this season.. let see the next season if he stays or out of the lakers

  • rowejo

    Lets stop blaming D’Antoni and blame Mitch for the demise of the Laker let me state facts Mike Brown got us in the playoffs without a training camp. And they got rid of him after about 4 regular season games Mike Brown went to the conference finals with Lebron Mike D had Steve Nash and could not make the finals one time Mike B was not a bad decision by Jim Buss Dwight Howard was not a bad decision by Jim Buss Chris Paul was not a bad decision Andrew Bynum was not a bad decision by Jim Buss. .Jim’s problem is he is insecure and can’t handle criticism well so he handed everything over to Mitch who loves White basketball players that can’t play defense at one point you would see Gasol Kaman Steve Nash And Steve Blake on the floor at the same time and that is how it would be if they didn’t have all of the injuries. This is Mitch’s dream that is why he built the team around Steve Nash a almost forty pg and ignored the wishes of Dwight Howard and ignored Kobe Bryant who gave his heart and soul for this franchise. The only reason Kobe got that contract extension was to keep Kobe from bolting in free agency Mitch next White hope is Kevin Love another good White player with no real defense . I would rather see Birdman if he is going route. If Jim doesn’t grow a backbone soon Mitch will bring the franchise that his father built crashing down without recovery.

    • Tedi Wheeler

      C’mon man everybody knows it’s Jim Buss, he has the final say. I mean why isn’t Phil Jackson here?

    • Ralph Rivera

      The problem is jim buss he has been on the back burner watching his dad run the show for years now that he is in control he is content ruining his dad’s legacy and those legends who fought besides him for his personel reasons….he needs to get his head out of the sand start running the lakers for its name history for los angeles. This is not some new toy you get to play with jim get back to winning! Do it for your dad do it for those who bleed purple n gold do it for chick do it for L.A