Glad he's sitting out to rest his knees, a healthy Gasol will do wonders for this team.
can anyone confirm the rumored Gasol for Josh Smith trade?
...the Lakers beat the SuperSonics
The Lakers are going to be a disaster. They suck now, basically have Howard and Kobe, a dysfunctional offense and both of their point guards are out indefinitely.
**** smith, I'd rather have Amare. I'd rather keep Twan at the 4 spot than trade for smith or amare. Just let Gasol's contract expire or trade his expiring next year. Better than the recent rumors coming out.
The Smith-Gasol stuff has been rumored for a while now, didn't this also come up last year too?
isnt josh smith a free agent after this season. Why would they trade him for a player that is obviously showing decline and paying him a 19 million dollar contract next season?
With that said, starting from the 2011 Playoffs, Pau has been absolutely terrible. I have never seen such a talented player have such a significant and drastic drop in production so quickly. Whether its mental or physical or both, its clear Pau is not the player he was only 2 seasons ago and probably will not get to that point. Its also true that D Antoni is not the right coach for him, and for the entire team for that matter. His style of play not only hinders Pau's production, but it hinders the entire teams' production. I would like to see D Antoni gone before I see Pau gone. But it seems like Pau will not make it through the entire season as a Laker. And it also seems as though this season is kind of a lost season for this team. They dont have the talent, or the coaching to really make noise in the postseason against the elite teams. Very unfortunate as this was a team that was supposed to rival some of the best teams that were ever assembled. However, while the Lakers managed to get the talent, they were counter-productive in hiring two coaches that have no business coaching a team like this, let alone coaching any team in the NBA. Very poor decisions by the front office.
Very sad to see as a Laker fan. This team is a disaster right now and you wont see much change from here on out as their #1 issue is defending and you are not going to get that with this coach.
Laker's will struggle with Gasol out.
I really think Pau is getting unfairly targeted. So he doesn't fit D'Antoine's system and the coach is talking **** about him as soon as he comes in. Doesn't even attempt to say something like "we can try to work out a game with him because he's talented....etc" Then Kobe starts talking **** and has been all throughout the time Pau has been on the Lakers. Newsflash to Kobe, you didn't win **** without Gasol after Shaq left.
Gasol sure is getting overrated nowadays.
How is it possible that a 32 year old, on the decline Gasol could land Josh Smith and Kyle Korver.
Plus the Hawks have one of the cheapest owners in the NBA, why would they want Gasols contract.