Gasol is back in the starting lineup
One of the biggest “WTF’s?” Laker fans had last season was the starting lineup D’Antoni went with and why Pau Gasol wasn’t always in it. Yes, MDA likes to play fast and that didn’t exactly fit Gasol’s half-court style, but benching him for Earl Clark was one of the biggest head scratchers of the season. It even prompted ESPN’s Bill Simmons to suggest that “If you're a professional basketball coach and your system is telling you, "I should play Earl Clark more than Pau Gasol," you need a new system.”
Gasol is definitely back in the starting lineup, whether he’s playing the center or power forward is up in the air, and will most likely change depending on the game strategy of the night. But at least benching him is no longer an option.
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