Pau Gasol has been dealing with tendinitis in both knees, a condition that has affected the four-time All-Star’s output.
“Right now I am physically at around 60 percent of my abilities,” said Gasol, who was averaging a career-low 12.6 points on 42 percent shooting before deciding to rest his knees. “It wasn’t good for me, it wasn’t good for the team, perhaps I should have [sat out] earlier.”
Despite his early-season struggles, Gasol believes he can adapt to and contribute in Mike D’Antoni’s offensive system.
“The physical demands are higher, the rhythm is elevated, the system is based on the perimeter game and us two inside players have to adapt to this and be a second option,” Gasol said.
“In the last 10-12 years I’ve been a player at positions closer to the basket and I’m capable of dropping further away,” Gasol added. “But I think I can adapt to this system and help the team just like any other player, whether it favors [my style] or not. In a team, you have to leave your personal beliefs on one side and deal with reality.”
(Via Canal Plus / FIBAEurope)