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Pau Gasol Adjusting to New Role with Lakers
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On October 7, 2013 @ 6:49 am In Headlines,NBA Headlines | No Comments
Gasol had 13 shot attempts in 23 minutes in the Lakers’ 97-88 loss to the Denver Nuggets. While he didn’t shoot the ball all that well (4-for-13 for 13 points) in his preseason debut and the first organized game he’s played in more than five months, just the sheer amount of touches was a welcome change for the 13-year veteran.
“I think that’s a good indication of how much liberty and how much my teammates also trust me to make plays and make shots and then, when the defense collapses, find them,” Gasol said after the game.
It was also a far cry from last season, when he was often positioned at the elbow to create space for Howard, while Bryant was left cajoling Gasol to buck the system for his own benefit.
Now, it’s sanctioned by coach Mike D’Antoni, too.
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