Balance&Options24 wrote:Lakers question Pau Gasol's conditioning
By Mark Medina, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/22/2012 09:52:51 PM PST
Updated: 11/22/2012 09:53:03 PM PST
Following the Lakers' 113-97 loss Tuesday at Sacramento, the team sounded frank on what ailed Pau Gasol after posting only eight points on 3-of-10 shooting and one offensive rebound.
"Pau is used to laboring up the floor and coasting a little bit," Kobe Bryant said. "In this offense, we have to put the motor on the first few steps we move up the court."
That didn't happen.
Kings center DeMarcus Cousins beat Gasol on two consecutive drives in the second quarter. The Lakers forward looked frustrated after defensive breakdowns. And as coach Mike D'Antoni noted afterward, "Pau didn't have his legs" after logging 37 minutes.
Gasol took ownership of his shooting woes, but downplayed how his conditioning could fare in D'Antoni's fast-paced offense.
"I don't know if it's extremely physically demanding." Gasol said. "It's an offense that you have to move and have to be on the go and get to your spots run to your spots and find some good flow out there that we really haven't reached consistently. The offense will evolve and will be better."
Armani wrote:Alright, now D'Anotni knows Jamison can play the 4... it's time to cut Gasol's minutes. No more than 30 MPG for him. He's probably the most overpaid player in the NBA right now, but we have no way out.
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