MINNEAPOLIS -- Pau Gasol is back in the starting lineup, resuscitating another Lakers story in a litany of them this season.
"Big news," he said sarcastically, after the team's shoot-around Friday. "Headlines. Exciting."
Gasol is a starter because center Dwight Howard will sit out Friday's game with a sore right shoulder. Howard is listed as day-to-day.
Gasol came off the bench the last six games, with the Lakers (20-26) going 3-3.
Coach Mike D'Antoni prefers faster players in his offense and Gasol, for all his talents, obviously isn't that.
"Mike's been trying to get his philosphy through to us. At the same time, our personnel is a little different than probably what would fit best for that kind of system," Gasol said. "It's a work in progress."
The Lakers don't plan on trading Gasol before the Feb. 21 deadline, but he's cognizant that one phone call could change that.