Mike D'Antoni needs a plan for Pau Gasol, Dwight Howard
Pau Gasol will forever be the source of trade speculation so long as he's a productive Laker. Whether it's the Lakers themselves looking to unload one of their few trade worthy pieces or other teams calling with offers, it is inevitable. That said Gasol's uncertain status can't make for a convenient excuse for Mike D'Antoni to throw in the towel on trying to figure out ways to get both Pau and Dwight Howard working on the same court at the same time for the same team. You see before D'Antoni arrived here in Los Angeles a certain former coach who will not be named was able to figure out a championship formula utilizing both Gasol and a certain other former Lakers big man on the court at the same time. Are you following me? When D'Antoni took the gig he knew the roster he was inheriting. So it's not like it was some shock on the first day when he's trying to install his run-and-fun system when two skilled seven-footers strolled into the gym. That he still doesn't have an effective plan in place says a lot. When Mitch Kupchak sought out to acquire Howard, he did so with the intention of moving only one of his two bigs. Andrew Bynum was moved while Gasol stayed in place. That was intentional despite the previous Chris Paul flirtation that momentarily shipped Pau to Houston. So it's obvious that no matter who was going to coach the Lake Show, the Gasol-Howard combo was part of the deal. What's not so clear is what D'Antoni's plan is for getting the most of his twin towers.
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