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Old 11-26-2012, 02:59 PM   #115 (permalink)
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The Los Angeles Lakers' November malaise reached a low point Friday night when coach Mike D'Antoni benched Pau Gasol for the entire fourth quarter in a loss at Memphis, and when asked afterward why he'd do such a thing -- choosing Antawn Jamison at the power forward instead -- he replied: "Well, I'd like to win the game. That's the reason." Before that game, D'Antoni and Kobe Bryant hinted at Gasol's sluggish play, suggesting he was out of shape and unable to keep pace on an up-tempo possession. Gasol countered that he's a low-post player at heart, not a jump shooter, and after the Memphis debacle, he said: "I can stretch the defense out with a couple of jumpers, but how I get going is by getting in the paint. Historically, that's how I've been successful and made a really good name for myself."

Trade winds blowing for Lakers' Pau Gasol
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