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Pau Gasol happy he criticized Lakers

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Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni might disagree, but Pau Gasol is happy that he criticized the Lakers.

Last week, Gasol finally got all of his frustrations out about the Lakers terrible season by taking aim at everyone from teammates to the coach himself.

Gasol had a go at his fellow Lakers, calling them selfish and looking to earn themselves a new contract instead of trying to play for the team and lamented Coach D'Antoni's failing offense that is keeping them at the bottom of the Western Conference. 

D'Antoni was upset with Gasol for publicly airing his grievances, but the Spaniard says he is glad that he gave everybody a verbal kick up the backside. 

"I think it was good because when you start going through the motions and start going downhill, if nothing happens, you're just going to continue to go down that path," Gasol said Sunday. "Sometimes you just need something to happen for you to wake up and kind of react and make things better."

So Gasol cracked the whip in an attempt to get a reaction from his under-performing teammates. And it may just have done the job. The Lakers beat Sacramento 122-126 on Saturday and they  moved the ball around much better with six players all getting over 10 points with Gasol himself claiming 22 of them along with five rebounds and six assists.

The 33-year old has done his best to be a leader in the absence of Kobe Bryant and admitted that he felt that Kobe would've done exactly the same in his situation to hype up the team.

"Yes, he does (shake things up)," Gasol explained. "As a veteran, you feel like there's times where you need to sometimes get out of that comfort zone and stir things up a little so guys react, and you get hopefully a positive result."

The Lakers face up against Portland Trail Blazers tonight and we will have to see if the new motivation from Gasol's words continue through the weekend.

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