Pau Gasol: Lakers Need to Feed the Post More

by January 25, 2012

Pau Gasol, in case you were wondering, hasn’t changed his mind from earlier this week about wanting more touches for himself and Andrew Bynum near the basket. He continues to publicly voice his displeasure with the Lakers’ offense. Reports the OC Register: “Pau Gasol continued to express his frustration over a lack of touches near the basket Tuesday, suggesting the Lakers don’t utilize their interior players fully. Coach Mike Brown has Gasol, a better passer with a steady jump shot, working the high post and Andrew Bynum often the focus down low. It doesn’t always work out as evidenced by the Lakers’ 10-8 record, a fact that has prompted the 7-foot Spaniard to speak out. ‘I think we can use it a little more,’ Gasol told reporters before the team’s first contact practice of the season. ‘We have to make sure we use our interior game. Other teams do. As I mentioned the last game, Orlando goes to their interior game and I don’t think Dwight Howard is that much (more) talented than me and Andrew in the post. Indiana used their post game with (Roy) Hibbert and (David) West. I don’t think they’re much more talented than we are. Why don’t we? I think it’s always an effective way to play the game.’ Brown said Gasol’s ability to facilitate plays and score from mid-range is a key reason why he finds himself near the perimeter. He pointed to Gasol’s 10 assists in the Lakers’ loss to Indiana on Sunday for proof. ‘He had 10 assists and zero turnovers, which to me equates to a lot of points,’ Brown said.”