Pau Gasol has admitted that it feels bizarre to be involved with Los Angeles Lakers this season, as their unprecedented season-long capitulation was compiled by the fact that they’re now out of playoff contention.
The former All-Star has been openly critical of many aspects of the Lakers season so far, but according to the Los Angeles Times he is convinced that though it is a “weird” time to be a player with the franchise, better times lay just around the corner.
With a current record of 22-44 the Lakers have endured nothing short of a terrible season. Kobe Bryant has managed a mere six games due to injury, rumours persistently swirl around suggesting that Mike D’Antoni is destined for the boot and the team just can’t seem to cut it like they’re used to. However Gasol, who has played 56 times for the Lakers this season, believes there is reason for optimism.
"It's weird," Gasol said. "I'm sure it feels weird to them as well to see the team that we have out there and what we had in recent years. We're not on the top end of the stick right now but better times will come."
"I'm a survivor. I fight and I keep going.
"It's definitely been a very frustrating season in different aspects. But at the same time, I'm still playing basketball, still playing in the NBA, still play with the Lakers, still living in Los Angeles. You can consider yourself extremely fortunate."
Fans of the Lakers will no doubt consider themselves somewhat less than extremely fortunate after having to endure one of the worst season’s since the franchise’s birth. With D’Antoni’s head firmly on the chopping block, and star man Bryant aiming to be fit for the entirety of next season, is Gasol right in saying that the team will turn over a new leaf?