Gasol, D’Antoni Meet; On Same Page?
Pau Gasol and Mike D’Antoni met Wednesday night to hammer out some obvious differences since D’Antoni took over as the Lakers’ coach, The Times has learned.
Gasol said he wanted the ball in the post instead of on the perimeter and also asked to play in crunch time, among the topics discussed with D’Antoni at a Manhattan Beach restaurant.
“It was to make sure we’re in the same boat,” Gasol said in a quiet moment Thursday after the Lakers’ practice. “We’re trying to reach the same goal. Let’s communicate. Hopefully, we can meet halfway on some points.”
D’Antoni told Gasol he would no longer be benched in crucial situations, according to a person familiar with the conversation.