Pau Gasol is not a happy camper.
The Los Angeles Lakers have sunk almost all the way to the bottom of the Western Conference, where they currently sit just ahead of the Utah Jazz. But with a five-game losing streak and 2-8 record over their last 10 games, the Purple and Gold might not have to wait long before there's a "15" in front of their name.
I’m frustrated right now, almost every game, especially when we don’t win, when we get in these losing streaks. I’m more frustrated when we lose games that...we can win, that are winnable games.
Indiana, best record in the league, you might, it’s not that you expect to lose but you can lose this game. Orlando, I’m really upset that we lost that game. New York, another game that I think we could have won. I just believe we have to have a little more confidence and determination on games that we can and should win.
The Lakers big man has rebounded from his tough start to the season and is now averaging 16.9 points, 10.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. However, the rest of his teammates haven't followed suit, and the combination of a talent deficit and injuries have taken their toll.
Gasol has a right to be frustrated, especially since he's spent the season embroiled in trade rumors while wondering whether Kobe Bryant will A) return to the lineup and B) regain his old form.
Gasol isn’t giving up, and he isn’t painting an unnecessarily gloomy image in hopes that all of the constant trade rumors that swirl around him might some day come to fruition.
He’s speaking the truth.
The Lakers are currently 13 games under .500, and nine and a half games out of the final playoff spot in the West, with four teams ahead of them before we even get there. It’s honestly easier and more accurate to refer to L.A. as being just two teams away from being the worst in the Conference—something Gasol knows all too well, and isn’t afraid to articulate in another language.
Is it any wonder he's frustrated?
Can you actually blame him?
The Spanish big man has always played with his heart on his sleeve, and losing with this much frequency can't be easy, especially after he became accustomed to winning ever since he was traded to the Lakers.
But the most infuriating part of all is that nothing is going to change in the near future, especially with Kobe Bryant ruled out for the next three weeks.
Gasol might want to start figuring out what's worse than being frustrated. After all, he needs to prepare himself for the next portion of the season.