The 2013-14 NBA season has been rough to say the least for the Los Angeles Lakers. Injuries have ripped this team apart while four-time All-Star Pau Gasol tries to hold it together until Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash return. Although Gasol is putting up solid numbers, the veteran forward is finally starting vent his frustration publicly saying the following about the team after the loss to the Orlando Magic on Jan. 24 via LakersNation.com:
“We’re not very good defensively, to say the least.”
Along with the Lakers seemingly unable to be a force defensively night in and night out, Gasol is coming to the conclusion that this team simply isn't that great with an inability to beat even the worst teams in the NBA:
“When you lose to the worst teams in the league you have to ask yourself why. What does that make you?”
After losing to the Magic on Friday night, the Lakers fell to 16-28 on the season and 13th place in the Western Conference only ahead of the division rival Sacramento Kings (15-27) and last place Utah Jazz (14-29).
Fortunately, the Lakers are starting to get some players back healthy with Nash potentially making his return to the floor on Tuesday against the Indiana Pacers and Bryant being re-evaluated in February. Steve Blake, Jordan Farmar and Xavier Henry will all likely return some time next month as well.
Although some of the team's best players are nearing a return, it seems as though Gasol has finally had enough and is tired of this team being unable to compete on a nightly basis. At this point in time, there's no trade talk involving the Spaniard, but that very well may change in the coming weeks if frustrating continue to mount and the team continues to struggle.
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