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In case you wondered, Pau Gasol still not happy with role

Feb 5, 2013, 3:50 PM EDT

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The Lakers have won five out of six games, but the underlying cause of all the early season concerns — specifically how all the Lakers pieces fit with Mike D’Antoni as coach — remain.

And nothing kicks the dust up on those problems like a trip to New York. Or in this week’s case, Brooklyn. You’ve got Dwight Howard dodging questions about his future with ESPN, and now an interview with Pau Gasol and the Los Angeles Times.

Pau Gasol doesn’t like coming off the bench and how he is used in Mike D’Antoni’s offense, and shockingly that hasn’t miraculously changed over night. So if Howard and D’Antoni are back next season…

“It would be hard for me to deal with another season knowing the facts you just mentioned,” said Gasol, 32 and with one year remaining on his contract.

“So do you ask for a fresh start elsewhere?”

“It’s a possibility,” he said, “yes.”

As we have been saying since the start, don’t look for Gasol to be traded at the deadline, the offers coming in are too low and the Lakers do not want to take on salary that messes with their 2014 cap space. What’s more, as much as the Lakers think Dwight Howard is going to re-sign with them this summer it would be a huge risk to let Gasol walk before he puts pen to paper.

But it’s pretty clear that even after sitting down and talking it out, Gasol and D’Antoni do not see eye-to-eye.

“It was an effort on our part to try and come to an understanding,” Gasol said. “But I don’t think it’s translated to an understanding. Nothing significant has happened; it’s probably even gone a little backwards.”

Gasol should be in a better frame of mind Tuesday night, Howard is still out with shoulder injury and Gasol will start and get the bulk of minutes. But the long-term questions for the Lakers remain.

Just bet on them remaining until this summer. Don’t expect any dramatic deadline moves.

  1. aboogy123456 - Feb 5, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Seriously, Gasol, this is not helping. I don’t think he realizes how valuable he is to this team. Just because he’s starting the game on the bench and not getting every single pass doesn’t mean they are not using you. Lakers need Pau, as we will see tonight. I’m just worried that Pau will keep complaining and get Lamar Odom’d.

  2. jhuck92 - Feb 5, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Drama, drama, drama…
    It’s a sad sight when my grandma starts following the Lakers instead of Young and the Restless.

  3. rajbais - Feb 5, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    I feel bad for Gasol, but ESPN and other media sources have to stop wasting our time with the Lakers.

    There are 30 teams in the NBA and flex scheduling cannot be done like the NFL can with Sunday night football????

    I have always felt that the most of the network schedules should be left blank and should be refreshed and the networks should be on site Impromptu. It should not be done last minute, but it should be done for us to avoid this Laker overkill.

    • paleihe - Feb 5, 2013 at 5:18 PM

      Did you click and post a comment about the Thaddeus Young article? Probably not.

      The Lakers are the premiere team in the NBA, that’s why they get the coverage they do.

      • rajbais - Feb 5, 2013 at 10:41 PM

        @paleihe The Lakers suck!!! They will not win a championship this year and that is why I think they are a waste of time!!!! Give some attention to the Oklahoma City Thunder for a change!!!

        They will win the championship Because they finally have an avid scoring tall guy, Serge Ibaka!!!

        Speaking of Thad Young, If frequent Bill Simmons podcast Guest, new Cleveland Brown’s vice president of player personnel, and Philadelphia 76ers Superfan Michael Lombardi can go on “Sixers detox” as they suck why can’t we with the overcovered Lakers???

        It’s a waste if time!!!

        Even Charles Barkley would agree with me And he is the most beloved sports media figure in the world!!!

  4. mrlitl - Feb 5, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    You have a cool grandma.

  5. BigBeachBall - Feb 5, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    The gm’s/owners are going to be lining up to get dantoni after the lakers release him from his contract…. Its going to be a bidding war…

    • LPad - Feb 5, 2013 at 4:47 PM

      You would think that this obvious fact, would give the Lakers management pause and make them wonder how a great locker room guy and teammate with Pau’s talent could get phased out in a matter of months to the point where he no longer want to be on the team.

    • zacksdad - Feb 5, 2013 at 5:27 PM

      I hope this is sarcasm. If I not mistaken D’Antoni was without a job when the Lakers hired him. So another failure and they will line up to get him?

  6. LPad - Feb 5, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    D’Antoni has a rep for being a players coach, but he seems to alienating frontcourt players everywhere he goes.

    • smoothaswilkes - Feb 5, 2013 at 8:01 PM

      That rep was from his days with Steve Nash at his peak. Ask everyone on the Knicks how much of “players coach” D’Antoni was the last few seasons.

      Where’s Bernie Bickerstaff when you need him?

  7. zacksdad - Feb 5, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    I think it is time for Jimmie to put on his Big Boy Pants. He needs to fix his screw up, fire D’Antoni and rehire Phil. If he cannot do that, Jerry should fire his own son and admit his mistake thinking his son could handle a great organization like a Big Boy.

  8. phillyphan93 - Feb 5, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    This website has managed to post the biggest crap! Are the Lakers the only team in the league? Is there nothing else in the NBA to report on? Maybe this site needs new reporters…..

    • paleihe - Feb 5, 2013 at 6:55 PM

      Or, you could go visit one of the other hundreds of thousands of sites dedicated to the NBA.

    • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Feb 5, 2013 at 8:50 PM

      Dude, it’s just like this: The ESPN Channel and Star Sports show more of Football – Barclay’s, La Liga, etc… (I don’t use the word soccer, as I’m a purist) than the NBA.

      What do I do?

      I subscribe to a cable channel dedicated solely to the NBA.

      Get it?

  9. bowens3181 - Feb 5, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    All of you complaining about Laker coverage have to realize that Kurt is simply a Lakers writer who was given his own NBC blog to run. Before this blog he wrote a Lakers fan blog. When the head writer is a fan of one team over the others, obviously they are going to get more coverage.

    • Kurt Helin - Feb 5, 2013 at 9:02 PM

      Two years ago it was too much Heat, now too much Lakers. Use your brains to figure why certain teams get more coverage (hint, readers get what they ask for).

  10. paulhargis53 - Feb 5, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Premiere team? hahahaha!

    You aren’t supposed to drink the bong water…….

    • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Feb 5, 2013 at 9:52 PM

      As opposed to which team? The context is economics not basketball per se.

  11. phillyphan93 - Feb 5, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Its not so much that its a Lakers story, or Heat story, its that they ran this story about six times, just slightly different, I get that Gasol isnt happy. Last week they ran the story about A. Foster and his heart condition three times in one day, all with contradictory facts. PFT was a great site in the past with creative ideas like “pic of the day” but those days are clearly gone, and maybe I will check out a new site, but boy does it get boring while taking a crap.

    • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Feb 5, 2013 at 9:55 PM

      That first thumb up was mine. I get your gist and I understand where you’re coming from.

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