Monday, December 10th, 2012 at 9:50 am  |  14 responses

Pau Gasol to Remain in the Lakers’ Starting Lineup

Mike D’Antoni put the speculation to rest, at least for now — the struggling, and currently-injured Pau Gasol will continue to start in Los Angeles. Per the LA Times: “Lakers Coach Mike D’Antoni said he wanted to see how the power forward and injured point guard Steve Nash play together before making any adjustments to his lineup. ‘I’m not going to mess with Pau,’ D’Antoni said Sunday, alluding the possibility of bringing the four-time All-Star off the bench. ‘He’s too important to the team and he’s earned it and he’s too good of a player to even go there yet. That would be a last-resort kind of [thing], desperate.’ Then again … ‘If you lose, then you always try something,’ D’Antoni said. ‘So I don’t want to ever say, ‘No, I’m not going to do that.’ But at the same time, I don’t have any intentions to do it. I don’t think we should do it.’ Gasol has averaged 12.6 points and has shot 42%, on pace for career lows in both statistics and leading D’Antoni to bench him in the fourth quarter of two games. D’Antoni said part of Gasol’s ineffectiveness could be tied to deficiencies in the Lakers’ offensive scheme. ‘There’s times when we’re not exploiting him, where he should be and what he’s doing and everything,’ D’Antoni said. ‘So it’s a little bit out of kilter and until we get it all straight and balanced then I really can’t make a decision or he can’t feel comfortable.’ Gasol sat out a fourth consecutive game Sunday as he continued to rest his knees. D’Antoni said Gasol’s status would be re-evaluated before the Lakers start a four-game trip Tuesday in Cleveland. ‘Probably into Cleveland or someplace he’ll start moving a little bit,’ D’Antoni said, ‘and if the pain is less or very little, then he’ll play.’”

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  • roscoe

    actually, pau will remain to be trade bait until a “sucker” gets fleeced.

  • https://twitter.com/Wayne__o BuenoWayno1

    pau’s not going anywhere, The Lakers need their favorite scapegoat around.

  • spit hot fiyah

    i’m officially on the bernie bickerstaff for coach of the year bandwagon

  • shockexchange

    Cosign. If you read between the lines, whenever L.A. says they are willing to trade Gasol, what they really mean is “We are willing to part with Gasol as long as we get back more than we gave.”

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    At this point, they make Steve Nash sound like some mythical creature that will magically make everything okay again.

  • Max

    Isn’t that what almost any team would do?

  • Max

    Who’s he?
    The coach that replaced Mike Brown before D’Antoni came?

  • Max

    He is a mythical creature!

  • shockexchange

    Well if you have to ask …

  • Yesse

    Same here!

  • Yesse

    When you have a roster, that includes the best guard in the game, the best center in the game and one of the best power forwards in the game and you still can’t win?

    I’m gonna put the blame on the coach. Even when Nash comes back, how is that gonna make a difference? The whole Lakers organization was insane to take someone like Mike D’Antoni over Phil Jackson. Even Bickerstaff was better than Mike.

  • spit hot fiyah

    yes, perfect winning percentage

  • Mike From Spain

    Pau is still good if motivated, if not thrown under the bus weekly, and if he’s not got tendinitis in both knees. His contract is too large, he ain’t going anywhere. I guess that he’ll retire in Spain after his current contract is done. When all is said and done, he’ll have the greatest career of any Spanish baller to date (let’s see how Ricky pans out). I still root for that third ring, but well, it looks it ain’t happening.

  • Max

    I’m on that bandwagon aswell than haha.