Pau Gasol’s 2-point, 4-rebound performance against the Clippers last night has everyone talking about Gasol’s seemingly lost role in the Lakers’ offense. All this has to be frustrating for Gasol, but he reiterated after the game that he doesn’t want to be traded just yet (via ESPN): “‘No, oh, that’s radical,’ Gasol said when asked whether he would request a trade following the Lakers’ 107-102 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday. ‘I still believe. I still have faith in what we have. I still have faith that I can be a big part in helping this team succeed. Right now, I’m not being able to do that very often.’ ‘It’s difficult sometimes because it’s not up to me to get involved,’ Gasol said. ‘I’m trying, but the times that I am at the elbows are the times that I get more involved and can make more plays from there, but it’s not consistent.’ Following the last time Gasol was benched in the fourth, a narrow Lakers win over the Charlotte Bobcats, Gasol met with D’Antoni for dinner to discuss how best to integrate him with the team. More than two weeks later, Gasol was not so sure things had changed since then. ‘I don’t like watching from the bench,’ Gasol said.”
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