Posted January 30, 2013

Pau Gasol ‘doesn’t appreciate’ demotion, feels ‘challenged’ to keep calm

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Pau Gasol continues to express his frustration with the demotion he received from Mike D'Antoni. (Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Pau Gasol continues to express his frustration with the demotion he received from Mike D’Antoni. (Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images)

The drama continues to unfold in Los Angeles as Pau Gasol deals with his new bench role and head coach Mike D’Antoni finds himself in the midst of a three-game win streak with the Lakers.

In a report Wednesday from Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com, Gasol said he “doesn’t appreciate” the demotion to the bench that he received in January from D’Antoni and said it’s becoming a real challenge “every day to keep my calm.” Those comments come after Gasol was benched in the fourth quarter yet again Tuesday night when the Lakers got their third win in a row with a 111-106 victory over the New Orleans Hornets in front a home crowd at the Staples Center.

“I’m a competitor, I’m a guy that thinks I bring a lot to the table, and not being on the floor is something that I don’t like, I don’t appreciate. [I]t’s a challenge. We’re challenged every day, and I’m challenged every day to keep my calm and keep my peace and not let my emotions take over my words.”

D’Antoni insisted that the reason Gasol was on the bench was to deal with the small lineup that the Hornets went with down the stretch, but Gasol seemed to have his own idea of how D’Antoni should manage the Lakers substitutions, saying simply that a coach should put his best players on the floor when the game is close in the fourth quarter:

“I think the finishing is more important (than starting). I think the best players should finish off games. That’s just the way it’s got to be. When the game is on the line, you want to be on the floor. That’s more important.”


8 comments
XxTherapyxX
XxTherapyxX

Pau is getting mistreated and he should demand a trade because this Laker team isn't winning the championship this year and who knows if they will make the playoff. People are saying he should shut up and just play because they are winning, but if they notice the games they are winning are against team that they should beat beside the Thunder and in that game Gasol played more minutes than Earl Clark. Pau is too talented to just be a bench player and sit on the bench for a crappy coach.

stashu
stashu

I wish Gasol would get traded to the Wolves.  They could use him, and with he and Ricky together, it would be like old home week.

dbear808
dbear808

Lakers are finally starting to play good and this guy doesn't like the role his coach has given him (or he has earned with his spotty play)? Too bad; your job is to help your team win. Put your ego aside and start contributing to the team in a positive way.

John4
John4

Gasol can stop being such a tool.  Older players move from starter to 6th man all the time in the NBA.  If Gasol 

does not feel appreciated, please clarify how his $16 Million annual salary makes him feel.

He's not appreciated.  What a goofball.  Or Llama.   

YuckDaFankees
YuckDaFankees

I haven't watched an NBA game even on TV since the strike.  I already had two strikes against the league due to the WWE quality refs (different set of rules for stars compared to rest).  When the biggest story of the season is this Laker non-sense doesn't seem like I have missed much.

John4
John4

 @YuckDaFankees YDF - I have not watched the NBA for several years now because it is mind numbingly boring.  82 games plus playoffs of that?  You CANNOT be serious.  

Mr. J
Mr. J

 @John4  @YuckDaFankees Then why are you reading NBA article and commenting on the board since you don't care about the NBA...why don't you beat it!! and go watch golf which is the most exciting game ever..lol...... you are probably a jealous broke guy that is mad the players are making millions playing a sport they love.....beat it!!