gasol is not the enemy of the lakers. the lakers are the enemy of the lakers, right now. instead of hate on a guy who is struggling to find a role in a new (flawed) system, we should be accommodating him as a starter. he's a HoF PF in the NBA, and we're talking about him like he's garbage or something.
if i were gasol and if i were benched when there is no better player in front of me at the 4, i would be irate. i would ask to be used or be traded. simple. you think he wants to deal with this crap at the end of his career? i wouldn't want to, so i wouldn't do it.