|Pau Gasol Won't Request Trade From Lakers|
Another Laker loss last night in which Spaniard Pau Gasol was benched during the pivotal fourth quarter, but despite the poor showing from the power forward, and Mike D'Antoni's decision to sit him for all but the last 1:07 of the game when Dwight Howard fouled out, Gasol says he will not seek a trade away from the Lakers.
The Lakers ultimately could decide they just can't make it work with the former four-time All-Star; however, it won't be Gasol pushing his way out of town.
"No, oh, that's radical," Gasol said when asked whether he would request a trade following the Lakers' 107-102 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday. "I still believe. I still have faith in what we have. I still have faith that I can be a big part in helping this team succeed. Right now, I'm not being able to do that very often."
Gasol finished with just two points on 1-for-6 shooting along with four rebounds and two assists in 27 minutes against the Clippers.
D'Antoni said the benching had "nothing" to do with the plantar fasciitis and knee tendinitis that have plagued the 32-year-old Gasol this season.
"He just didn't have a good game," D'Antoni said.
"It's difficult sometimes because it's not up to me to get involved," Gasol said. "I'm trying, but the times that I am at the elbows are the times that I get more involved and can make more plays from there, but it's not consistent."
|Last Updated ( Saturday, 05 January 2013 16:29 )|