L.A. Lakers Players Currently Stuck in Coach Mike D'Antoni's Doghouse

Roberto Payne@@HouseofPayne555Contributor IDecember 6, 2012

L.A. Lakers Players Currently Stuck in Coach Mike D'Antoni's Doghouse

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    Over Mike D'Antoni's nine games as the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, it's obvious which players have played their way into the rotation and which have been excluded.

    For those excluded, it's tough to imagine them getting out of Mike D'Antoni's doghouse.

    Immediately, Earl Clark and Devin Ebanks come to mind as people in that doghouse but one more name should be mentioned: Pau Gasol.

    Gasol has really struggled since D'Antoni took over and has seen his playing time decrease.

    Read on for why each guy is in Mike D'Antoni's doghouse and if they can get out.

Earl Clark

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    To nobody's surprise, Earl Clark has simply not been getting playing time this season.

    That could have changed once Mike D'Antoni replaced Mike Brown but, nevertheless, Clark continued to ride the pine.

    Clark has really struggled in his NBA career and the fact that he couldn't get playing time for a brand-new coach doesn't bode well for the rest of his career.

Devin Ebanks

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    Coming into the season, Devin Ebanks looked to be the front-runner for the back-up small forward spot.

    So far this season, Ebanks has only played in six of the team's 19 games and only three times under Mike D'Antoni.

    Mike D'Antoni has chosen to not play a back-up small forward on most nights and it doesn't look like that will change anytime soon.

    For now, Devin Ebanks is in D'Antoni's doghouse and won't be out in the near future.

Pau Gasol

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    So far during his 12th season, Pau Gasol just hasn't been the same player as he was during his first 11 years.

    He's averaging a career low in points (12.6 PPG) and has really struggled to stay on the court.

    Tendinitis in both knees has kept the Spaniard out of the lineup for the past two games.

    Over D'Antoni's nine games as the coach of the Lakers, Gasol has only played over 30 minutes in a game three times.

    If you want to go even deeper, Gasol has played 30+ minutes once since D'Antoni's first two games in L.A.

    That's not a good sign for Gasol and, with considerable knee tendinitis, I don't see him getting much more playing time for a while.