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Gasol Doesn't Blame D'Antoni For Sticking To His System

Pau Gasol has a cordial relationship with Mike D'Antoni, but they continue to be in disagreement about his role with the Los Angeles Lakers.

"It's hard to know personalities if you don't get in touch with them," said Gasol.

Gasol and D'Antoni met for dinner a few weeks ago in an attempt to improve their understanding.

"It was an effort on our part to try and come to an understanding," Gasol said. "But I don't think it's translated to an understanding. Nothing significant has happened; it's probably even gone a little backwards."

Gasol was asked if D'Antoni and Dwight Howard remain with the Lakers next season how would he react.

"It would be hard for me to deal with another season knowing the facts you just mentioned," said Gasol.

Gasol doesn't blame D'Antoni for how he has used him.

"He has his philosophy and system, and the Lakers hired him," said Gasol. "It's not his fault.

"His philosophy is to play with one big guy and four guys spread out, so then he had to make a decision: Dwight or Pau?"

Gasol believes that a different style would allow him to dominate the interior with Howard.

"I believe 100% if I was starting inside with Dwight we could make the playoffs. I just don't know if coming off the bench gives the team a chance to be better and win more games."

Gasol has one more season remaining on his contract.

Via T.J. Simers/Los Angeles Times
 

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