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Gasol: D'Antoni's system 'makes it tough'

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08:07 AM ET 12.20 | Whether Pau Gasol can thrive under Mike D'Antoni is a question even Gasol can't answer. [Gasol] -- who will spend the next weeks and possibly months in an informal tryout of sorts while the Lakers decide whether or not he needs to be traded -- admitted to USA TODAY Sports that the uncertainty remains about whether or not both he and center Dwight Howard can flourish in D'Antoni's spread offense. "I don't find (playing with Howard) tough," Gasol said as he stood at the loading dock. "It's more the system right now that makes it tough at times, because (D'Antoni) wants four guys to be spread and one interior guy and it's a guard-oriented system, so that makes it tough. I think there's enough looks for both of us."

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December 20, 2012  08:16 AM ET

D'Antoni is stupid Pau!....no wonder the Lakers cant win the big men are playing the perimeter!

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December 20, 2012  08:44 AM ET

D'Antoni will not adjust his system for Pau. His system requires one pick setter which is Howard, the rest of the players are supposed to spread the floor and the PG decides where to pass the ball based off how the defense plays them. Pau for the most part is reduced to a jump shooting big man which he can do but that is not his strength and he is not knocking his jumper down this year.

The funny thing is the Knicks are running plenty of D'Antoni plays and it is working because they are knocking down their three's and Chandler is dangerous in the pick and roll.

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December 20, 2012  09:03 AM ET
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D'Antoni will not adjust his system for Pau. His system requires one pick setter which is Howard, the rest of the players are supposed to spread the floor and the PG decides where to pass the ball based off how the defense plays them. Pau for the most part is reduced to a jump shooting big man which he can do but that is not his strength and he is not knocking his jumper down this year.The funny thing is the Knicks are running plenty of D'Antoni plays and it is working because they are knocking down their three's and Chandler is dangerous in the pick and roll.

This.

December 20, 2012  09:05 AM ET
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You think they'll be "incrementally" better.....? Really? Adding Nash and Pau? Isn't that obvious?! : ) What team wouldnt get better adding those two....

They should, but not many were giving the team a pass for losing without them.

December 20, 2012  09:08 AM ET

Time To Come Off The Bench, Bro.

December 20, 2012  09:31 AM ET
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You think they'll be "incrementally" better.....? Really? Adding Nash and Pau? Isn't that obvious?! : ) What team wouldnt get better adding those two....

LOL, yeah you're right!! Pretty hard to be all that good, when 40% of your starting line-up is on the IR!!!

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December 20, 2012  09:55 AM ET
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You think they'll be "incrementally" better.....? Really? Adding Nash and Pau? Isn't that obvious?! : ) What team wouldnt get better adding those two....

Lurk, lurk.

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December 20, 2012  10:13 AM ET
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why not, the Knicks have been doing it all season

Well then, that tells me that the Knicks have a better team, up to this point of the season!!! :-)

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