Monday, January 23rd, 2012 at 9:10 am  |  34 responses

Pau Gasol Unhappy With Role in the Lakers’ Offense?

The Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Indiana Pacers last night, their third straight defeat. And Pau Gasol sounds like he’s less than thrilled with the way he’s being used on offense. Per ESPN: “[Brian] Shaw came back to Staples Center Sunday as a Pacers assistant, a man with a little extra motivation and a lot of insight into the Lakers players. Some things haven’t changed. Kobe Bryant is still going to shoot and shoot a lot. But one thing that didn’t look familiar to Shaw was the sight of Pau Gasol setting up in far different spots on the court than he did when the Lakers ran the triangle offense under Jackson. ‘I did notice that he’s out on the floor a lot more, a lot further away from the basket,’ Shaw said. ‘So that kind of neutralizes him. Those two big guys [Gasol and Andrew Bynum], that’s always been the strength of this team. You want your biggest guys close to the basket. Their sets are a little different, they’re out there more on the elbow area — even sometimes Pau’s out around the three-point line. I think maybe it’s just going to take them a little time to get adjusted to the new places that he’s at on the floor. In the triangle they knew where their shots were going to come night-in and night-out.’ Now Gasol is left to wonder, and register a complaint. At least, I think it’s a complaint. When Gasol said it, it was in a tone that sounded like he was ordering dinner. But it’s pretty clear that he doesn’t like the way he’s being used in Mike Brown’s offense. ‘I would like to get a little more inside, myself,’ Gasol said. ‘I always like to have different looks and be able to attack from different angles. The second half I didn’t have one chance to attack from the post, so I was more of a facilitator. I got two jumpers, open, that I missed, and that was all the opportunities that I had.’ Technically, he also got a basket at the rim that the Pacers conceded with a four-point lead in the final seconds. But he spent most of the night on the perimeter, occasionally heeding Bryant’s call to come over to set a high screen, or else following Kobe’s direction to spread out to give Kobe operating space. The low post belongs to Bynum. And while Gasol is happy to get Bynum the ball there — including with a nice alley-oop that was among 10 Gasol assists — Gasol wants a few touches down in the paint himself. ‘A little too many jumpers for my taste,’ Gasol said. ‘I’d like to get a couple more looks inside the paint. That’ll increase the [shooting] percentage.’”

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  • actionslackson

    half on the court half on the trading block.

  • Jono

    Nobody does Pau.

  • Riggs

    Shaw shouldve been coach.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Bowen’s Bowtie Collection

    Lakers offense is quite horrible.

  • Yesse

    Lakers offense is Kobe Bryant.

    They have Pau and Bynum as well, but Mike Brown doesn’t realize it.

  • robb

    I’m unhappy too. When Gasol plays closer to the basket either he scores or gives Bynum easy baskets using his remarkable passing abilities. WTF is Gasol doing that far from the basket? Mike Brown is an idiot. He tries to look all professional talking to players, giving them fat playbooks and watching tape with Kobe, but he doesn’t actually know what he’s doing.

  • http://www.yahoo.com The Fury

    Free Pau!!

  • http://fklfs.com Jukai

    Wait… wait… hold on a second guys…. are you saying the offense SUCKS with Mike Brown at the helm?
    I’m… I’m taken back!!!

  • Heals

    Good stuff, can’t disagree any comments so far. Hopefully he’s stays vocal about the situation if things don’t change. I mean what’s the worst that could happen, they shop him around the League…

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Is Mike Brown the worst COY of all time?

  • OTB

    Pau’s lack of productivity is actually not Kobe’s fault, and I don’t just mean that as a Lakers fan. Mike Brown really does not know what the eff he is doing offensively. Pau can’t get into a rhythm shooting mid range Js, and other than Kobe, everyone else is struggling offensively, which makes Kobe chuck some more. Last night’s 4th quarter was horrendous.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    “A lot that I’m gonna take offensively will stem from the time I was with San Antonio. … We had two big, skilled 7-footers in Tim Duncan and David Robinson. So we’ll do something similar to what they did with a little sprinkle of the triangle offense and a little sprinkle of what I want to bring to the table, also. We’ll kinda combine it.” – Mike Brown.

    what’a douche

  • stlheatmaniac

    coach brown doesnt give a fuk if Pau is happy. he only cares if Kobe is happy. brown dont know wtf he doin anyway on offensive side of the ball. he depended on LJ now he depending on a old kobe to save him… hell b fired after dis season lhhhh!

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I like Mike Brown. The person that is. He is a pretty bad offensive coach, but I put no blame on him. When it comes down to it, as a player, you have to put yourself in the positions that make you comfortable and you have to DEMAND the ball when you get to your spot. Gasol does not do this. He is to concerned with staying within the boarders that have been set for him. F*ck what everyone else says Pau and get your butt down on the low block and DEMAND the ball and if you don’t get the ball then you’ll get 3 seconds in the key and when everyone gets pissed about that you tell them to f*ck off and get you the gol’ darned ball quicker. I have a hard time being on Pau’s side when he is so passive. (maybe I been watching too much Kobe over the years) Tell me i’m wrong though guys?! Gasol needs to be more assertive than anything else.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    You can’t not blame the coach and say Gasol should ignore the system and go demand the ball. If he has to take it upon himself to go to the block and demand the ball, then the blame obviously falls on the coach. There is a direct correlation. You’ve been hopelessly defending mike brown since he got hired. Sooner or later your going to have to accept that the Lakers offense is his baby. He calls the plays (every play actually), he created the offense that decides where guys are supposed to go(Pau to the corner). Either you have a problem with Mike Brown’s offense or you jus don’t think Pau is a fit for that team anymore. There is no logic in saying Pau should “et for him. F*ck what everyone else says Pau and get your butt down on the low block and DEMAND the ball and if you don’t get the ball then you’ll get 3 seconds in the key and when everyone gets pissed about that you tell them to f*ck off and get you the gol’ darned ball quicker.” if you don’t have a problem with Mike Brown. None

  • alekesam

    @LakeShow: You’re not wrong. Pau wants everything gift wrapped for him with a bow on top. Bynum does this somewhat himself but he’s more aggressive than Pau is by a wide margin so I give him more slack about it. That’s always been Pau’s worst attribute is that he’s so passive. And he can be pushed out of his comfort zone/game far too easily. Needs to toughen the hell up and go get some rebounds while he’s whining.

  • Kb24

    Mike brown is the defensive coach, Ettore Messina is the offensive coach, i think its his first year coaching in the NBA, so blame him not Brown.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Ohhhh, I blame the coach. I blame the player even more though. The players are on the court. If Pau goes “out of the offense” to get the ball and score, no one will have any issue at all with that. Brown would have no problem with Pau being more aggressive I assure you. As a player you do what your team needs to win. You demand the ball where you want it. I watch every Lakers game. I see this happen on a nightly basis. I have never once seen Pau DEMAND the ball like Kobe does or Bynum even. That’s all fine and good. Until you start complaining about not getting touches where you want them. As far as Mike Brown goes he is what he is. He is a great defensive coach and a lousy offensive coach. Soooo, since everyone on the planet knows this (hence why Kobe just does whatever the hell he feels like doing) I expect Pau to do the same. I refuse to blame a coach for a player being nonchalant and lackadaisical because his coach tells him he has to shoot 3 pointers from the corner instead of going to where he feels most comfortable.

  • Chukaz

    Pau’s gotta man up and say “give me the ball on the post or trade me”. I have no idea why Bynum’s all of a sudden the 2nd option. Pau’s the Laker’s 2nd best scorer. If we had Howard instead of Bynum, Pau should still eat second after Kobe.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    So you blame the player for listening to his coach. Gotcha.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Yes. You got it. (psssst, The head coach is Mike Brown)

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Lol, the Lakers would be in even worse shape if their players were straight up ignoring the coach. How the f*ck do you expect team morale (and trust) to survive if the 2 best players on the team are ignoring the coach. Do you not remember 2004?

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I think Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant’s 1 on 1 offensive skill sets are superior to Mike Brown playbook. So yes, I would love to see Gasol (for the first time since like 08) TAKE OVER! I have yet to see him call his own card. Bynum does it. Kobe definitely does it. It would boost morale if Pau played like he actually liked playing against competition. I love Pau, but this is his painfully obvious problem. He is too much of a team player. His skills are too good for him to be a play maker. He needs to dominate. He can. So why doesn’t he? You think Pau calling his own card would be bad for the Lakers?? That’s just false.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    depends, do you want to win a championship or make the playoffs? Cuz there is no way in the world a team can win a championship if they don’t trust their coach. Basically, the Lakers are screwed until they replace Mike Brown. Pau Gasol playing selfishly sure isn’t going to change that. (plus, there is already plenty of selfish sh*t going on in Laker land.) I’m so sick of watching the Lakers play, I used to love watching them because the game they played was simple and elegant. Now its convoluted, disorganized, selfish, lost, and hesitant. All the things I don’t ever want to see out of an NBA team.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Yeah… Agree 100%. The right now fix is Pau being more demanding for the ball, but your right that that’s not how they are going to win a chip. I just wish Brown would hand the offense to Ettore Messina. He has a history of being a good offensive brain and why Brown doesn’t let him do more I don’t know. Brown needs to change a couple things, but I haven’t given up on him yet.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Yeah wth happened to that? Or has he done that, and Messina doesn’t understand the inherent differences between the NBA and Euroleague ball? Cuz that’s basically what the Lakers offense looks like. A Euro offense, focused on picks and ball movement to he weakside. Except the Lakers don’t have a knockdown shooting 4, especially one that works off of pick & pops (yet they are trying to force Pau into that role), their primary playmaker is a ballstopper (Kobe, not an insult, just a fact). The Lakers also have a height/rebounding advantage over every opponent they face (or should) but don’t have a system in place that allows both 7 footers to crash the boards. The Lakers offensive system is befuddling, to say the least.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Yeah, it’s terrible. Which is probably why I have hope that it can only get better. From what I understand MB is a bit of a control freak and he doesn’t like his assistants doing much of anything. Which pisses me off because he is a coach known for not being a “great offensive mind.” He has them there as cheerleaders essentially. I’m assuming most of this is still just the early season kinks getting worked out, but I fear worse than that.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    I hope so. As much as I don’t like the Lakers I would still rather them be competitive.

  • Ldub

    Pau in the post, Bynum in the post, Kobe being Kobe. Barnes playing defense. Artest can muscle in the paint. McRoberts hustle. Its not like the weapons arent there (besides the knocks down shooter that NBK mentioned). The “new” Mike Brown offense isnt an offense. Its what Lebron was good at because he was so ball dominant and didnt have additional pieces. You have a much much much more talented team in the Lakers with Pau and Bynum. Utilize your pieces to maximize potential. Kobe isnt Lebron, and this offense shouldnt be treated as if he was. Chips are won on teamwork. Not one player chucking shots hoping for a win. Even if Kobe scores 40 a night…still not good!

  • Pais

    A good (not great) point guard would instantly catapult this team to being a serious contender. At the moment there’s quite a few teams that would beat them soundly in a playoff scenario. Morris is currently one of the worst players I’ve seen this year (going by the game they recently played against the Heat). Don’t anyone try tell me about fishers clutch shooting, I respect his career and contributions to the team over the years but he’s so done it’s not even funny. LA fans are seriously deluded when it comes to this guy.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Pais, I think your deluded about LA fans. No one wants Fisher starting for this team.

  • Pais

    The responses to a similar comment I made on a previous post suggest otherwise (Fish hitting the game winner a while back, I got blasted, a couple LA fans incredibly opined that his 5 rings validated his place on the squad), but I’m glad to see you’re grounded in reality.

  • SportsAddict

    Let’s see what happens in March. He could get traded if he doesn’t like the organization. Three Nuggets (Martin, Chandler, Smith, and even Suns guard Brook) will come back from China so they could get traded. Alot of possibilities in the NBA.

  • tenjing

    it all because of kobe the ball hog bryant he ain’t no lebron who passes the ball who is a good team mate but like i said he is kobe the ball hog braynt