Friday, December 13, 2013

Pau Gasol is clearly frustrated with Mike D'Antoni and Lakers offense

Pau Gasol is not happy.

A year removed from posting the lowest points per game total of his career (13.7), Gasol continues to struggle within head coach Mike D'Antoni's system, and he recently expressed his frustration to Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times.

Here is a snippet of what Gasol had to say about his coach's perceived inability or unwillingness to use his skills:

"The fact that I'm not getting the ball in the post affects directly my aggressiveness. When I'm not getting the ball where I want to, where I'm most effective, where I can bang guys and utilize my skill, that affects my aggressiveness and overall intensity. ...

What do you think? I'm not going to say anything, but it's easy to see. You see a guy with a certain skill set, where does it fit better, where it doesn't."

Gasol has every reason to be upset. The Lakers are statistically the worst low block team in the NBA. Los Angeles is getting just 0.67 points per possession on post-up plays this year.

One key thing to remember: Gasol is a free agent at the end of this year. So, if things don't change for the better in Gasol's mind, this could very well be the last year for the big man in Hollywood.

Via Bleacher Report

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