Originally Posted by BØBØ
I disagree on some of this. Yes he's getting older but Pau was moved to 3rd option. He was moved to a position on the floor away from where's he's spent his entire career playing. This happened because Bynum can't play anywhere but the low post. Pau can player higher and outside in and he's smart enough to do it well. The fact his numbers this year barely dropped off from his numbers for the previous years is actually pretty cool when you consider all this. It's a lot harder battling for position when the system has you starting out 10 feet from the basket that's a lot of real estate for a guy who's not real beefy to cover. It took it's toll on Pau no doubt but I think with a full camp and time to actually institute some tweaks that keeps Pau moving off ball more this could work for the Lakers. Speed up the game and life will be easier for both Pau and Kobe.
Phil fixed this twin towers problem by pulling Bynum early in the rotation so Pau could move to center and that worked but now you can't justify Bynum playing 28 minutes a game at his salary and age if he's healthy enough to do it so something new was installed. I think you're making maybe to harsh a critic based on a season where nothing was the norm. You want the same old Pau but it wasn't the same old anything. Coach, system schedule, practice, days off, roster and on and on.
Nobody on the team looked great or comfortable this past season, nobody performed up to past performances and that's to be expected under all the circumstances that are well documented.
It wasn't just the past season. The season before, Pau Gasol looked bad in the playoffs. His best and last year was when the lakers played the celtics in the finals in 2010 and won the championship. After that, he doesn't seem to have much left.
There's a difference between him being a good third option, or just a player struggling to be comfortable in his role. He wasn't a reliable jumpshooter once the playoffs came around and that was the main thing he could have offered us.
He also can't seem to catch balls down low.
100% of the time, when he went up for a shot down low, he got stripped every single time. Not one time did he get off a good shot. It was almost like all of his moves were predictable. He's not at an age of getting better. That is why he is done.
This league has become an athleticism league, with the thunder and the heat taking the finals stage. If we don't improve to become athletic, we won't have a chance.