Pau Gasol still believes he doesn't fit with Mike D'Antoni's Lakers

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

After Pau Gasol and Mike D'Antoni supposedly talked out their differences last season, Gasol is back to wondering if he fits with the Los Angeles Lakers' system.

Mike D'Antoni and Pau Gasol went through a rift over philosophies last year, but seemingly the Los Angeles Lakers' loss of center Dwight Howard and discussion between player and coach would change Gasol's game for the better in 2013-14. That hasn't happened, and Gasol told the Los Angeles Times' Bill Plaschke he still doesn't believe he's being utilized by his coach properly.

"This year hasn't been ideal, certain things are not ideal for me, but that's not going to change any time soon," Gasol said.

So why hasn't it been ideal?

"What do you think?" he said. "I'm not going to say anything, but it's easy to see. You see a guy with a certain skill set, where does it fit better, where it doesn't."

Bookmark This

Plaschke's column reads as if two stubborn people are refusing to work for a better fit or common ground. Gasol added that he and D'Antoni haven't discussed the forward's problems with his offensive role, and D'Antoni backed that assessment but said Gasol "knows what he has to do."

It seems both Gasol and D'Antoni are resigned to the current situation.

And the current situation for Gasol is this: He's been injured and beaten down by younger big men this season. His contract is expiring, and though Los Angeles would consider re-signing him, the franchise wouldn't do it unless it was on a budget.

More from Silver Screen and Roll: Grading Mike D'Antoni

Offensively, Gasol is having his worst shooting season of his career and is hitting 41.7 percent of his shots through the Lakers' 10-11 start. That's the worst shooting percentage of his career by far. Last year, he hit 46.6 percent from the floor.

More from SB Nation NBA:

"What the f--k is this?": An oral history of Kurtis Blow's "Basketball"

The Hook: Where did New York's draft picks go?

5 ideas for improving NBA divisions

Flannery: Doc Rivers returns to Boston and all is forgiven

"ATO" geniuses: Former NBA assistant coach explains out-of-bounds plays

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.