Gasol: Third Option ‘been tough for me’
The shouts between (Kobe) Bryant and (Pau) Gasol weren’t as loud as the delirious din coming down from the Oklahoma City rafters as fans saw their Thunder team full of 20-somethings grow up before their very eyes, but they were just as significant an indicator about the state of the Lakers’ franchise.
Things are broken. That’s blatantly evident after the Lakers’ 106-90 Game 5 loss to the Thunder in the Western Conference semifinals Monday, knocking L.A. out of the postseason in the second round for the second straight season.
It’s time to fix them.
“It’s been tough for me,” Gasol said after finishing with 14 points and 16 rebounds in Game 5 but still catching flack from Brown after the game for not grabbing enough offensive boards. “I’ve been in a facilitating role most of the year. I’ve been pretty much the third option most of the year.”