The Los Angeles Lakers have been on quite the journey these past few weeks. Wait, what the hell am I saying? The Lakers haven’t been on any journey. They haven’t even been invited to the journey. Forget it Bilbo, this is Laker Town.
The Lakers are not the Lakers anymore. And it’s time to just come to accept their ill-fated existence.
Did it all start with the death of Jerry Buss? When Buss died in Feb 2013, an aura of invincibility died with him, and the family’s ensuing efforts to imitate his giant footsteps, instead of forging their own path in basketball’s new era, have resulted only in embarrassment and defeat.
Or is it all Kobe’s fault? Kobe Bryant has always been that guy for the Lakers. But now, the tides have turned and they have turned to the absolute worst if we are starting to blame our once beloved player. Can’t blame a guy for experiencing the inevitable.
Being a Laker fan is tough these days. But a true fan will accept reality and roll with the punches. So what comes with acceptance, comes remorse. Depressing as f*ck remorse and, at times, outrage.
But somebody will have to pay……
OMG the Lake Show won a game?! Who knew it would only take them 12 games to get there. The Lakers didn’t really start off the way they hoped. The Lakers are 1-2.
And now they are without their star point guard, Steve Nash, who hurt his ankle last game against the Dallas Mavericks. LA fans have already hit the panic button and don’t really know what to make of the season.
Nash’s injury is always going to be a problem, especially when his trade (along with Dwight Howards) was so public and ::ahem:: ridiculously awesome. But the dude is old, he is 38. He is up in the ranks with Derek Jeter on the New York Yankees, a classic and great player who just never wants to quit the game. Nash is only going to play 20-25 minutes a game, maybe play a total of 60 games rather than 80…..dude, the guy has some mileage. We are going to need more than duct tape to help Nash’s (Lakers) “speedy” recovery.
The biggest reason to panic is the Lakers themselves. Their offense and defense to start. Good GOD the bench is terrible, being outscored by every bench in the league by at least 10 points or more. And maybe we can put head coach Mike Brown into the mix. Mike Brown is trying to instill a “Princeton” offense (whatever the hell that means). Is this new offense absurd and completely pointless? Maybe. It clearly isn’t working out for anyone on the team. Can we just go back to the good ‘ol pick and roll. Don’t you think those newly acquired prized players would murder on the Pick and Roll offense?
And why is it called the “Princeton” offense? Did it originate in Princeton? Because we all know only superb athletics and talented players come out of the Ivy Leagues.
Unfortunately for Mitch Kupchack and Laker fans alike aren’t getting the results they are used to: winning. Sadly, you can’t just throw these awesome talented players together and pray it is going to work. Chemistry needs to be built. Who knows how long that will take. Hopefully not much longer because my eyes are starting to hurt just watching these painful games. Mike Brown better stop looking like Randy Jackson from American Idol and start looking like a better coach. For starters, choose a better offense Brown.
Sounds like the Lakers are going to have issues for a while. Kobe is literally only going to play for another 2 years tops, Dwight will opt out next year as a free agent if he isn’t happy, Nash will retire, Metta World Peace will change his name to Generation Apocolypse and Pau Gasol will be the only remaining Laker who can remember the good ‘ol days of championship rings and parades. Sounds like a fate worse than getting Lebron in a Laker Jersey.