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Gasol not thrilled with Lakers offense, wants more post touches

Jan 23, 2012, 7:51 PM EDT

Pau Gasol, Shane Battier, Joel Anthony, Chris Bosh AP

One of the reasons the triangle offense worked for the Lakers is that Pau Gasol can pass or knock down the jumper from the elbow. He has a polished set of skills on the low block, too.

In the Lakers new offense Gasol gets a lot more touches at the elbow or in the midrange, with Andrew Bynum often being the focus on the low block. It makes some sense, Bynum is a load on the block and Gasol has a steady jumper and is a better passer and facilitator of the offense. Except that it hasn’t really worked smoothly at all.

Plus, Gasol wants some shots closer to the basket, too. As he told the Orange County Register.

“I would like to get a little more inside, myself,” Gasol told reporters after the game. “‘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.”

There are flashes of the Lakers offense working well, and often it is off of Gasol or Kobe passes. Despite the struggles, the Lakers offense shows moments of great ball movement and creativity — they have multiple players who draw the double team and that opens up the floor — but the problem is the Lakers don’t make other teams pay for that.

The problem is the Lakers are not good outside shooters, so other teams sag off and pack in near the paint. The Lakers are shooting 25.6 percent from three, last in the league. When the Lakers draw a double and make the extra pass the shot to make the defense does not fall. They have guys like Jason Kapono and Steve Blake who can hit the three, but right now everyone is struggling. With that the offense stalls out.

And has always been the case, when things stall out Kobe will take it upon himself to push it forward. He will take on more of the offense.

The biggest problem with getting Gasol or good looks in the post is that lack of shooters to space the floor — teams are going to make it hard on the Lakers talented bigs to beat them. Even if Gasol gets his post touches the looks won’t be good until someone makes the help defenders stay home. It’s what Orlando does so well — if you help off Ryan Anderson to deal with the Dwight Howard rolling to the basket you pay a price. The Lakers are not making anyone pay right now.

Gasol should get more post touches, but it is just a part of the problem.

  1. cinnalocks - Jan 23, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    Pau you are seven feet tall why don’t you take your soft game under the basket, get a rebound and a shot. You walk up and down the court, so no fast break is possible nor do you defend on any fast breaks. You seldom block a shot and you never drive the ball to the bucket. What makes you think you deserve more touches or even a continued spot on this losing team. I am a Laker fan since 78 and that is how I know you so well. Time for you to play somewhere else where you can recapture your desire to play hard or not.

  2. thatboi901 - Jan 23, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    Want more touches in the post? How about you get in the post??

  3. willardj - Jan 23, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    Well considering the triangle offense is the greatest offense in NBA history, you would expect people like Gasol and Kobe to not play as well.

  4. donttazemebro - Jan 23, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    And the whining starts………

  5. jimsjam33 - Jan 24, 2012 at 1:16 AM

    The Lakers have a unique offense that doesn’t allow Gasol or Bynum to get involved in the offensive side . It’s called the , ” Pass the ball to Kobe and get out of the way offense . ” Gasol gets very few touches and his talent is nothing more than a decoy . Bynum gets his offense from rebounds only as he is too slow to be involved in set plays . When Kobe hogs the ball and takes thirty shots a game the Lakers lose . His 40 point a game streak was done to weak teams and at the expense of the rest of the team . The Lakers can’t win the championship this year unless they trade Gasol and Bynum for Superman . That’s their only hope to retain their marquee name in Los Angeles because the Clippers will finish ahead of the Lakers and lay claim to Los Angeles for action , excitement , and fan support . When Jack Nicholson fails to renew his Laker season tickets and instead comes to Staples wearing a Blake Griffin number 32 jersey you know the Lakers are finished .

    • somekat - Jan 24, 2012 at 11:52 AM

      Isn’t that the same offense the coach ran in Cleveland? (Substitute “kobe” for “lebron”)

      The rest of your post was kinda just a rant, but I liked the “pass the ball to Kobe and get out of the way offense” line

  6. cinnalocks - Jan 24, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Good thing you are not an owner, Trade Gasol and Bynum for Howard? Are you crazy, they still would have no real guard and that is a problem. They are not going anywhere without a real point guard, (Deron Williams), so why would they ever give up both bigs for one big. If they had a Deron Williams they could stand pat and still make a run barring injuries.

    You could not be anything more than a Laker hater!! Were you a fan you would never even contemplate such a bone headed move. Thing about young bucks is you get excited and shoot your wad early, had you any experience you would have known to slow down and breathe. Injuries will factor into this season as much as talent or team depth and more than EVER before, due to the crazy schedule.

    No one can predict injuries, when they happen, who they happen to, how it effects team chemistry, nor how long it takes to heal. The other thing is no matter how things look it is January, moves will be made and veteran teams may have an edge come playoff time because of the experience and play off schedule allowing for rest.

    • somekat - Jan 24, 2012 at 11:54 AM

      So you plan for the Lakers is to hope guys from other teams get hurt, while nobody on the Lakers does? Risky, lol

  7. sguy2130 - Jan 24, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    In a related story, Pau was also not thrilled when asked to shower on a regular basis.

  8. max20characters - Jan 24, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    True definition of an OVERRATED player. His brother is 5x better than his llama lookin’ self.

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