Pau Gasol made a triumphant return back to the court on Tuesday night – well, he did for about the first 9 minutes: he had 5 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 blocks during the early stages of the game.
However, when he was on the court he rarely received the ball in post and he once again found himself on the bench at the end of a close game.
Here’s what Pau said, according to the LA Daily News:
“Hopefully it won’t happen too often. When the game is on the line, I need to be on the court. That’s what I get paid to do.”
“I’m one of the best post players in the league with my skill set,” Gasol said. “I want to be able to utilize it.”
While D’Antoni says he’ll put Gasol in the best possible positions to use his skills, we’ve yet to actually see this happen.
Although, Pau has only been back for one game and still hasn’t played with Steve Nash. Hopefully, everything will fall into place.
Gasol has to be starting games and finishing them if he’s on the team, though. He’s too good a player to have on the squad to just sit on the bench. If he can’t be used to the best of his abilities, there’s not point in keeping him on the roster.