Mike D'Antoni sick of complaints

"It's appealing," Gasol told NBA.com when asked about returning to Memphis after he becomes a free agent this summer. "One of the best centers in the NBA, one of the best interior players, is my brother. There's a lot of attractive factors there. But who knows if that's even a possibility or if that will ever happen.

"Right now, I'm just trying to focus on [the Lakers' opponents] and staying healthy and playing a very successful year so this team and others will have the certainty and the confidence that I am a difference-maker, that I am an elite player and I have a lot of years in me."

According to Synergy Sports, the Lakers are averaging a league-low 0.67 points per possession on post-up plays, prompting D'Antoni to tell the Times, "I can't lie to him. ... Our numbers tell us the worst thing we do is post up."

D'Antoni decided to start Jordan Hill alongside Gasol on Friday to change the lineup dynamic.

But he's pretty clear on what he thinks needs to change.

"He'll get through it," D'Antoni said of Gasol. "The message is the same to everybody: Just play hard, and we'll figure it out. If you don't play hard, it's hard to figure out because you don't know what works and what doesn't. I think everybody has the same message, and we keep beating it in during practice. Every film session we show them what we want, and hopefully they'll do it."

Asked if talking about being uncomfortable sometimes perpetuates that reality, D'Antoni said, "Absolutely. It's also a nice excuse to not play hard. That's a classic: 'Well, I don't know what I'm supposed to do.'

"Well, you don't have trouble getting up to the pay stub line. They know what to do there to get the check. So, obviously, you know what to do. They will."

ESPNLosAngeles.com's Dave McMenamin contributed to this report.

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