The Los Angeles Lakers went from being a potential championship contender, to a complete dud.
It feels like it was yesterday when the Lakers had acquired Dwight Howard and were set to become another dynasty in the great history of the organization. But injuries, constant feuds between Bryant, Howard, and D’Antoni; along with the sweep in the first round by the San Antonio Spurs stopped any wishful thinking that the Lakers or Lakers fans might have had. Soon there after, Dwight Howard decided to make the Houston Rockets his new home in the off season of last year, and since, the Lakers have not been the same. The Los Angeles Lakers’ problems persist as they lost on their home court against the Chicago Bulls who are still without Derrick Rose since his knee injury early in the season last year (Is Derrick Rose the new Brandon Roy?)
So lets face it, the Los Angeles Lakers have lost some of their shimmering luster and talent since they one their last championship in 2010. After being bounced from the playoffs for 3 straight years by the Mavericks, Thunder, and Spurs, there are many fingers being pointed. Some blame the coach, some blame the players, some feel as if the Lakers need complete makeover to cure the issues they have. But lets state the obvious. Kobe Bryant isn’t getting any younger and although he had a fantastic season last year, we can all assume his prime years might already be behind him. Also, the Los Angeles Lakers have got to do something with their training staff because the amount of injuries this team has been facing as of late has just been incredible. The Steve Nash has not played a healthy season since leaving the Suns; Kobe Bryant is currently injured after just recently returning from an Achilles Tendon injury; and the role players aren’t holding up that well either. It’s a sad day when the biggest Lakers’ news you find is the Lakers facing the Cavaliers and won considering they only had 8 players on the active list suit up, and 4 ended up either being fouled out or left the game due to injuries.
Now granted it isn’t all too bad for the Lakers. If they continue to lose at this rate, they will be in a position to win a top pick in this years draft, which is supposed to be one of the best yet. Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Marcus Smart and Joel Embid are some big names this years draft and are expected to be the next big stars of the NBA.
So what should the Lakers do? I suggest they forget the playoffs, lose the season, and pick up a good draft pick. Sign some players in the off season like Kevin Love who has been very vocal about coming a Laker, and possibly Rondo or even Melo. And Lastly, keep a solid team together! The Los Angeles Lakers are notorious of getting rid of great role players and not keeping the team together after the season is done. With all that said, it will be interesting to see what comes about and what decisions they make. The draft is about 4 months away, and they will have plenty of cap space even after that unbelievable contract the Lakers gave Kobe Bryant. Best of luck for the Lakers, the playoffs sure isn’t the same without the Black Mamba.
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