LA Lakers coach annoyed by Pau Gasol

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Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni knows that there are problems with his team at the moment, but that doesn't mean he wants the sides dirty laundry aired in public.

It was star Spaniard Pau Gasol, that irked the coaches ire by criticizing the club for a lack of discipline and expressed frustration with Los Angeles using smaller lineups following the Lakers 118-98 defeat against the Indiana Pacers. 

Gasol mentioned everything from selfish play by teammates looking to gain new contracts at the end of the season, to D'Antoni's terrible offense as problems that are holding the side back at the bottom of the Western Conference.

But despite admitting that their are limitations to his side this season, D'Antoni wished Gasol hadn't said it to the media.

''The thing I just don't appreciate - and I think every coach, and it should be everybody - you just keep it in house,'' D'Antoni said on Wednesday.

''It's very easy to come over and talk about your frustrations. We'll try to work something out and figure it out for now. But to go (to the media) and to do it in the paper is disturbing. I just don't think that's the way to go.''

The Lakers coach did say that he understands Gasol's frustrations caused by a lack of ball movement and everybody wanting to shine and show off their skills in a contract year. 

''Everybody's looking for a contract on the team, and when the ball doesn't share, then your numbers go down and you get frustrated, and then you lash out,'' D'Antoni added. ''The place to do it is in the dressing room among us.''

The Lakers have been awful this season, something Gasol is not used to, and it's not clear if he believes the man in charge is the right one to lead them back in to the good times.

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