Pau Gasol and Mike D'Antoni met on Wednesday evening at a Manhattan Beach restaurant to discuss their differences.

Gasol said he wants the ball in the post instead of on the perimeter and asked to play during the final minutes of games.

"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 that he would no longer remain on the bench during critical junctures of the game.

Gasol hopes D'Antoni will find room in his offense to accomodate his strengths.