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Gasol, D'Antoni Look Headed for Split

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An unhappy Pau Gasol, feeling underappreciated after helping L.A. win titles and reach Finals since his arrival in 2008. And a stressed Mike D’Antoni, clearing the distractions of criticism and expectations by doing what he thinks is right with his rotation. Which doesn’t appear to have a primary place for Gasol’s particular, not-so-fleet-of-foot skill set.

The outcome in the Lakers’ long-ago hometown Friday – a victory over the Wolves that got uncomfortably tight for a stretch and 22 points, 12 boards and three blocks for Gasol – isn’t going to significantly change anything about the dynamic. When Dwight Howard is fit to return, he’ll start and Gasol won’t. Simple.

That figures to keep the veteran...

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