I've been so down on Pau lately that I've been loathe to give him credit, but ever since he's moved to the bench he's been GREAT. If he can continue playing this way off the bench, I'll more than welcome him as our 6th man.
He's got his attitude back, his swagger, his confidence. It's like being moved to the bench somehow knocked him in the head and he remembered that he's a great player and a hall of famer.
It's the one really, really good move that I'll credit D' Antoni with. Once we saw Clark excelling with the first unit for those few games that Pau was out with the concussion, you could see it was the right move. Even Mychal Thompson was totally on board for having him come off the bench.
It's been nothing short of great for him and for the team. The limited minutes is helping his health, and it's also making him focus and become more effective in the shorter time he's out on the court. And I agree realdeal, it's seemed to spark some of that competitive fire in him again, which we'd almost forgotten about.
You have to give Pau credit for accepting the role, even though he was reluctant. Without getting deep into it with everyone here, I've never bought into the "Pau is a cancer" talk. He's not. If he were, you'd know about it. He's not a jerk. He's not an a-hole. He's not a problem guy in the locker room. He's the opposite. He's a peacemaker for the most part. Does he get whiny? Hell yes. Has he wimped out over the past couple years when we needed him? Unfortunately yes. But I can't hate the guy and I don't think he's the kind of problem people have been saying he is here at CL.
That said, I do agree with KB24 - next year he's going to be too expensive, period, for what he brings. Right now though I'm back to not wanting to trade him. He's being the soldier and coming off the bench like the coach wants. And it's working. So I think we should ride it out until he's expiring.