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Pau Gasol frustrated and challenged by benching

January 30, 2013|By Eric Pincus
  • Pau Gasol says coming off the bench for the Lakers is a challenge for him to keep his emotions in check.
Pau Gasol says coming off the bench for the Lakers is a challenge for him to… (Mark J. Terrill / Associated…)

Tuesday night's win over the New Orleans Hornets was a difficult one for Lakers center/forward Pau Gasol.

"It's fun to win but when a team comes back on you the way the Hornets did tonight, and you're not there as a high-quality player and a competitor, it's frustrating," Gasol said.

Already bothered by Coach Mike D'Antoni's decision to have him come off the bench behind Earl Clark, Gasol also sat the fourth quarter as the Hornets made a late run.

When D'Antoni rushed his starters back in to staunch the bleeding, Gasol just sat and watched.

"It's a challenge," Gasol said. "I'm challenged every day to keep my calm and keep my peace and not let my emotions take over my words."

The Lakers pulled out the victory (111-106). Gasol is doing his best to accept his new role, but make no mistake, he's not happy with it.

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Email Eric Pincus at eric.pincus@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @EricPincus.

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