Pau Gasol: I Don’t Think Dwight Howard is Much Better Than Me and Andrew Bynum
I guess the cool thing to do these days is slam Dwight Howard, why? I’ll never understand. The latest person to take part in the Dwight bashing is Lakers forward Pau Gasol. On Tuesday Gasol said, “I don’t think Dwight Howard is that much more talented, than me and Andrew in the post.”
Here’s the interview with Gasol, fast forward to the 1:09 mark for his Dwight Howard remarks:
Apparently Gasol doesn’t remember the game last Friday night at Amway, which saw Howard drop 21 points and 23 rebounds, while Gasol and Bynum had 23 points and 22 rebounds COMBINED. Oh yeah, and the Lakers lost in the process.
You might remember recently Shaquille O’Neal came out on TNT and said he thinks Bynum is the better big man of the two. Pacers head coach, Frank Vogel, took an indirect shot at Howard earlier this month when he said LeBron is the “best defensive player in the world.” Luckily for Vogel, there is proof that LeBron isn’t the best defensive player, as Howard has won the Defensive Player of the Year Award three years in a row.
Lakers coach Mike Brown isn’t necessarily backing up Gasol’s claim that he’s better, as he remained unclear whether or not Gasol would see more touches in the post. Brown stated that it would “depend on the flow of the game,” if he would run the offense more through Gasol. While he wouldn’t commit to Gasol being more active in the offense, he was excited about Gasol’s recent performance versus Indiana (8 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists, 0 turnovers). So Brown is excited about Gasol’s play, but won’t commit to him getting the ball more? Makes sense to me.
Bryant told reporters after the loss vs. Indiana that it’s difficult to give the ball more to Gasol due to Bynum’s effectiveness. It sounds like Gasol needs to prove himself more before coming out with these ‘demands.’ He is averaging 13 points on 40% shooting over the last five games, down from his 18 points and 52% shooting per game career averages. To compare, Howard is averaging 20 points, shooting nearly 50 percent during his last five games.
You can read the rest of the post, via the LA Times, here.
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