Broderick Turner of the LA Times wrote:
It wasn't a demand -- not like the ones Shaquille O'Neal once made.
Rather, it was a point of emphasis by Pau Gasol.
Gasol is 7 feet and 250 pounds and Andrew Bynum is 7 feet and 285 pounds, a duo that will form a Twin Towers for the Lakers that can be devastating, but only if the Lakers utilize them in the low post.
"We have to play like we have two seven-footers that dominate the paint. That's how you take advantage. If you don't do that, then you might as well not have it," Gasol said.
When O'Neal played for the Lakers, he demanded the basketball and let it be known that if the big dog wasn't fed, he wouldn't guard the porch, which was code that O'Neal wouldn't play defense if he didn't get the ball on offense.
Gasol isn't saying that.
Gasol and Bynum each take high-percentage shots, are good passers and can make life easier on their teammates with an inside-out game.
The two started for the first time together in the exhibition season Sunday night and had some success.
"The inside game is really, really good," Bynum said. "If I catch it at the high post, I can find him, and vice-versa."
It's still a work in progress, especially for Gasol, who moved from center to power forward. Gasol said he was adjusting to spending more time on the wing.
"I'm just trying to get a better feel and know everything, every wrinkle to where I have to be positioned every time," he said.
"Once I get all that down pat, then I'll be able to be more aggressive and more productive in those positions."