There has been quite a bit of talk about how the Los Angeles Lakers need to adjust this, fix something this, or whatever else people have been claiming. Yes most of the populace’s critics of the Lakers are valid, but let’s for a moment consider an immediate change that could prove to be very beneficial.
I’ve mentioned this before, but in order for the Lakers to become a better a team they need more offensive production from Pau Gasol. With the current injuries to Steve Nash and Metta World Peace, the Lakers lose two of their offensively capable players, which puts them in a bit of trouble in terms of scoring. So, the solution is simple; put that offensive pressure on Gasol.
I don’t believe in the idea that Gasol just isn’t the same player he used to be and that he’s lost a of his skill with age. I don’t expect Gasol to be averaging 22 points and 10 boards, but he is more than capable of averaging 18 points and seven boards a game and I know this because he accomplished this feat against the Memphis Grizzlies.
In Friday’s matchup, Gasol managed to rack up 19 points and nine rebounds against a formidable opponent in Zach Randolph. Gasol demonstrated his ability to shoot the mid-range, and finish up close to the rim, which is vital to the Lakers’ success. If Dwight Howard and Gasol can manage to absolutely dominate the post, it’s going to be rather difficult for teams to handle that duo.