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