MILWAUKEE - Pau Gasol's recent plea for more shots apparently hasn't fallen on deaf ears. He hardly touched the ball during the Lakers' victory Tuesday over the Chicago Bulls, but it was a different story Wednesday against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Gasol made his first three shots against the Bucks en route to a season-high 26 points on 9-for-15 shooting during the Lakers' 107-106 victory in overtime at the Bradley Center. He scored 10 points on 3-for-8 shooting in the Lakers' win over the Bulls in Chicago.
"Some nights it goes different ways, but I accept the circumstances," Gasol said. "I try to do my best. Everybody wants more shots. But I'm working hard, and that's all I'm going to continue to do. I'm not really worried about that aspect of the game.
"Hopefully, I'll get more involved."
Lakers coach Phil Jackson didn't seem overly concerned that Gasol wasn't getting as many shots as he would like going into Wednesday's game.
"We tried to go in to him a few times (Tuesday) night and he fumbled it around a little bit," Jackson said. "What he's done is to adjust and to go after rebounds and that helps him touch the ball. We're very happy about his rebounding."
Gasol had a career-high 22 rebounds against the Bucks, continuing a torrid streak on the boards. He had 16 rebounds Tuesday against Chicago and set his previous career high Friday with 20 rebounds against Minnesota. He matched it Saturday against Utah.
He's averaging a team-leading 12.7 rebounds.
All about Jennings
Milwaukee rookie Brandon Jennings was born in Compton, lived in Orange County as a youngster, attended Dominguez High School in Compton and Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, and played professionally in Italy instead of going to college.
It was an unusual route to the NBA, to say the least.
Going to Europe is a journey others might take to avoid the NBA's rule against high school players jumping directly from preps to the pros. The league demands players wait at least one year after high school and be at least 19 years old before signing an NBA contract.
Jackson said he hopes the NBA requires players to wait two years and be at least 20 years old before joining the league. Nothing against Jennings, he said, but he would like players to be more accomplished in the game of life.
"Living skills are one of the things (some) guys don't have when they come to the NBA," Jackson said. "We end up having to teach them how to drive, get a license, take care of their laundry, the whole bit."
"There's something to be said for going to a foreign country and having to do things for yourself."
A reporter from Milwaukee asked the 64-year-old Jackson before the game why he keeps coaching after winning a league-record 10 championships, including four with the Lakers. Jackson smiled and said, "Well, the money is good."
Jackson is making roughly $12 million this season, the final year of his contract.