Pau Gasol was benched for the fourth time in the fourth quarter since Mike D’Antoni took over as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. Last night he had a lowly 2 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists in 27 minutes before being sent to the bench during the Lakers loss to the Clippers. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
“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.”
“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.”
The Lakers were reportedly waiting to see Pau Gasol’s production with Steve Nash back before deciding on whether or not to trade him. Well now that Nash is back and Gasol is still struggling the trade rumors might finally come to the fruition. The four-time All-Star may be gone by the time this year’s game comes around.