The Los Angeles Lakers. Where to begin?
I thought long and hard about writing about the Lake Show but it sadly, always comes down to same conclusion. There is NO point writing about this NBA team because it never stops and it wont stop. The DRAMA, that is. The Lakers managed to beat the Brooklyn Nets the other night without Howard and World Peace while proceeding to get slaughtered by the Boston Celtics WITH Dwight. Ugh……Impressive. Not nearly impressive enough. It seems like the Lake Show is on a never-ending Gilligan’s Island Tour from hell.
Yes they have, and still are, stepped it up significantly considering their losses and close wins with teams they should be beating by more than 3 points. All of the pressure and anxiety the Lakers must be feeling is forever mounting. And you know why? I think there are a few reasons why the Lakers are feeling like they are a soap opera of the NBA ages.
How shall I put this. There is NONE. Or there is but it has yet to unleash itself. I guess Mark Cuban was right last summer, making the annoying point that you can’t slap an élite team together and expect them to win. With all that talent, there should be some chemistry. Right now it’s just in the stages of ‘blow up the lab’ chemistry because my lab partner forgot to put in enough base in the beaker. It seems that Dwight isn’t meshing well with the rest of the team seeing how Kobe is ‘calling him out’ every other week, advising him to forget the white LA noise and just play. Easier said than done I guess for the big 6’11 man.
With all these talks of a looming Pau Gasol trade and Kobe getting frustrated, it is only making the chemistry of the team worse. I really don’t think anything or anybody is really helping the team gain a sense of cohesiveness or unity. It’s times like these when I miss D Fish the most…….
2. The Bench
3. Old Man River
Dude, the team is OLD. There are seriously no spring chickens on this team. All of the veterans are solid but not all of them have access to the fountain of youth. Nash is almost 40, Kobe is probably only going to play for two more years (AT MOST), Gasol is well past his prime, Dwight plays like he is 30….it’s just a sticky situation. All of the veteran players are solid and can perform, but time isn’t on their side. Jim Bush seriously needs to get with the program, get off his high horse in Beverly Hills and start drafting some high school players, STAT.
This comes with age. The older the get, the more prone you are to get injured. You body just isn’t what it used to be. The Lakers have way to many injuries plaguing them each week. Even if they don’t place themselves on the disabled list, KOBE, they play while hurt because they know the team is desperate. I am a bit impressed with the number of injured players and the team’s ability to still play on a competitive level. What is more astounding is when the starting lineup is present and manage to lose. Wait, let me re-phrase that …..the Lakers don’t manage to lose, they just give up.
Fool straight up doesn’t belong here and everybody knows it. As long as Jim Buss is happy I guess we all have to be happy right? Wouldn’t it be sweet if Mitch Kupchak just couldn’t take the bullshit anymore, decided to de-thrown Jim in a Battle Royal, and take over the Laker franchise, hire Phil Jackson, draft good players and give LA fans free tacos every night….Sweet. Mitch is like 7 feet tall, he could totally take on Jim with only his right index finger. Jim Buss sucks.
6. Los Angeles
I don’t know who to blame in this situation, Los Angeles or the Lakers. For one, the Lakers have won several championships and produced some of the greatest basketball players of all time, thus giving Los Angeles a winning mentality. On the other hand, Los Angeles is a selfish and demanding city when it comes to our sport franchises. We want the best and we want to win, no excuses. It’s a double-edged sword, it is a terrible masochistic relationship when the Lakers lose but it is a brilliantly loving relationship when the team wins. We want our tacos dammit!
As of right now Los Angeles feels duped, swindled, tricked, straight up pawned by the Lakers head office. Phil Jackson was dangled in front of the city’s very eyes and taken away before we could blink. We snatched up some star quality players with the big signings of Steve Nash and Dwight Howard. The unthinkable right?! And now what are doing…..we aren’t just losing….we are really trying hard to lose. It’s pathetic, its embarrassing, it sucks. Wasn’t this team going to bring back our basketball dynasty? So what are we going to do?
I have no idea.