Gasol feels down on up-tempo, needs more low post touches
Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Los Angeles Lakers bigman Pau Gasol vented off his frustration about the run-and-gun play and the lack of touches he had at the post ever since Mike D’Antoni took over head coaching duties, multiple sources reported Friday.
Gasol, four-time All-Star, was ineffective for the second straight game as he scored just six points on 3-for-8 shooting in the Lakers’ 106-98 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Spanish forward believes D’Antoni run-and-gun play hasn’t given him the opportunity to excel at the post.
“All my looks are jump shots,” he said. “I would like to see something closer to the basket and not just rolling, especially when Dwight is there. But we’ll see. We’ll figure it out. We’re just starting, pretty much.”
D’Antoni, who suffered his first losing streak as a Lakers coach, defended his decision of shutting down Gasol for good with still over a minute left in the third quarter.
“I was thinking, ‘Boy, I’d like to win this game.’ That was the reason,” said D’Antoni.
Gasol was also respectful of his coach’s choice to go small down the stretch. However, the two-time NBA champion thinks it may take an excruciating process and good conditioning for the Lakers to fit well in D’Antoni’s up-tempo offense.
“I think we all need to improve our conditioning if that’s how we’re going to continue to play, speed the game up a little more,” Gasol said. “Maybe the rotations should be a little shorter. Instead of playing 12 minutes straight, maybe we play eight, rest four, get another eight. Maybe that will help. But again, that’s not totally up to me.