Following the Los Angeles Lakers’ demoralizing loss to the Orlando Magic on Friday night, Pau Gasol angrily tore into his team in the locker room. Head coach Mike D’Antoni was especially displeased with their lack of defensive effort. Kobe Bryant said it was good to see and hear Gasol get so upset. Per the LA Times:
Gasol lit into teammates and hurled his basketball shoes in the locker room that night.
“That was the most irritated I’ve seen Pau in a long, long time,” Bryant said. “I haven’t really seen him come in and have a tantrum in the locker room, which is good. It’s something that needs to be done.
“It can’t be something where we’re losing and it becomes accepted. Or the whole ‘We gave it a good effort’ sort of thing. We don’t do that around here. That’s not what it’s about. It’s not about giving good effort. It’s about winning championships.”