The last 10 months have been a roller coaster ride for Pau Gasol. For starters, the power forward received the lion’s share of the blame last spring when the Los Angeles Lakers were swept from the postseason, thanks to the biggest slump of his 11-year career, in which he failed to reach his regular season scoring average (18 points) one time in 10 games.
Gasol had to stew over his poor play longer than he would have liked thanks to the lockout. And when the lockout was lifted, the Lakers were ready to trade him as part of an eventually vetoed trade that would have had Gasol playing for the Houston Rockets this season.
Combine all of that with his struggles finding his niche in Mike Brown’s new offense this season, and it’s easy to see why the Spaniard's overall play of late has been leaving fans less than satisfied.
But unless Gasol turns things around, the Lakers stand zero chance of once again becoming a top team in the Western Conference.
Here are four things Coach Brown can do to keep Gasol happy.