That's a difficult place to be with 36 games left to play during the 2013-14 NBA season.
"The great group of guys that we have, guys that are not willing to quit," said Gasol after practice on Thursday.
Unfortunately for the team, the season is already lost.
At 9 1/2 games behind the eighth-place Dallas Mavericks (26-21), the playoffs are all but out of the picture.
The worse the Lakers do this season, the better their chances at a top prospect in the 2014 NBA draft.
"If we play well -- if we get some good wins and some winning streaks -- whether at the end if we make it or not," said Gasol. "At least the games we play from this point on ... it's been a more positive result."
Perhaps a more positive result to the players currently on the team, but not long-term when it comes down to the NBA draft lottery.
If the Lakers win even a handful of games, they could finish closer to ninth or 10th.
The team didn't set out to lose when the season began. It just happened organically.
It would be a shame for the Lakers to start winning now, only to land an unimpressive draft pick after missing the playoffs.