Despite the media’s rapid overreaction to Pau Gasol’s inability to fit into the Los Angeles Lakers‘ offense thus far this season, while tending to a case of old age, head coach Mike D’Antoni isn’t buying that this team, as currently constructed, can’t compete.
According to ESPN Los Angeles, D’Antoni will not use Gasol in a Sixth Man role upon his return to the team:
“I’m not going to mess with Pau,” D’Antoni said. “He’s too important to the team and he’s earned it and he’s too good of a player to even go there. That would be a last resort kind of desperate (move).”
The Lakers lost their four of their last five games and haven’t had Gasol in the lineup for the previous four contests.
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