The storyline has repeated for the past three years. After the Lakers unsuccessfully traded Pau Gasol to the Houston Rockets in a deal that would’ve landed them Chris Paul in 2011, a few things haven’t changed. Gasol doesn’t play with the same effectiveness as he did when he won two NBA championships with the Lakers, for reasons including feeling uncomfortable with a reduced post presence, inconsistent aggressiveness and health issues. Gasol laments the Lakers’ offense not catering to his strengths. All the while, the Lakers field trade offers for Gasol but ultimately reject them. That’s why Gasol said he’s given it no mind that ESPN.com recently reported the Lakers are open toward trading him amid his recent complaints about his role and his 14.4 points per game average on a career-low 41.8 percent shooting. “I’m used to it by now,” Gasol said following the Lakers’ morning shootaround here at Philips Arena. “It’s been a constant thing for me. It’s like getting up from bed and having breakfast.” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni held a team meeting during the Lakers’ morning shootaround Friday in Oklahoma City confronting Gasol about lamenting a lack of post presence through the media, according to a league source familiar with the situation. The source said the meeting entailed D’Antoni asked Gasol and others to gripe to him directly about anything instead of to reporters, while also telling Gasol he needed to improve his work ethic.
Pau Gasol shrugging off trade considerations
L.A. Daily News | Dec 16