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D'Antoni declares the importance of Gasol

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08:08 AM ET 11.28 | While some have opined that Pau Gasol makes for a square peg in Mike D'Antoni's offense, the coach went on the record to dismiss that notion Tuesday. D'Antoni disregarded any notion the team was actively looking to deal Gasol, who is set to make $19 million this season and $19.3 million next season. D'Antoni said Gasol is too valuable to trade. "First of all, when Dwight goes out, he's a great center. You cannot find a center to do what he does for 14 minutes. That is super positive," D'Antoni said. "Ideally, do you want a guy like Jesse Owens who can run? Yeah, maybe. But he's a big part of what we're going to do and it's going to take him, like everyone else, time to get up to snuff, (to learn) that change of possessions is go and that we don't meander."

The Orange County Register

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November 28, 2012  08:26 AM ET

The Lakers created this mess when they elected to hire Dumbtoni over Phil! Hey Lakers fan where all that enthuasim you had when Dwight was traded to ya?

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November 28, 2012  08:39 AM ET
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And I thought Mike Brown was the problem? Watch the rose colored Lakers fanatics flip flop on Dumbtonie soon. I want to here them say he is a great hire again. You guys are not entitled to a championship just because you won many titles. Tell us about your expectation as a Laker fan again!

Unless he gets a full training camp you can not knock his record as Lakers coach.

November 28, 2012  08:43 AM ET

A Bargnani and Calderon for Gasol and Duhon trade makes too much sense.

November 28, 2012  08:44 AM ET
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Unless he gets a full training camp you can not knock his record as Lakers coach.

Yeah Lost, the Knicks gave him a coupla years and you still couldn't find reason to knock'em, so now you're asking Lakers fans to extend that latitude as well.....keep dreamin Lost, keep dreamin!

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November 28, 2012  08:48 AM ET

Lakers would trade if they could find a deal worthy. There are no takers no one is actively seeking Gasol and that salary.

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November 28, 2012  08:58 AM ET
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You can because his history proves it and you've seen him already as a Knick coach. And fans are not going to blame Kobe on this one again especially when he has a triple double. He forgot that they blow out the Mavs because he was a facilitator. He got players involved.

You hit the nail right on the head. There's only one way to win. Sharing the ball, trusting your team mates and doing everything else well. Not just scoring. The thing with Kobe is that he can not do it consistently as it takes away his personal glory and what he loves doing best which is scoring.

You look at Melo and he has the same problem so their teams go back and forth on being great and being mediocre. It's a very line to walk as leader of a team who can score.... Besides Jordan no other player has been able to win consistently at a high level while getting his team mates involved and also doing the intangibles. It's a big mental game these modern stars just can't overcome...

So bad Knicks and Lakers....

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November 28, 2012  09:06 AM ET
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Gasol for Brand?

Wow lol

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