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As far as early season upsets go, the Los Angeles Lakers beating the Clippers on Opening Night was on of the more surprising in recent memory. The Clippers, with one of the more heralded off season acquisitions in head coach Doc Rivers, are one of the handful of teams considered to be capable of winning a championship this season. That discussion clearly doesn’t involve these Lakers.
You talk about unexpected, how about the bench playing the entire 4th quarter against the Clippers, and the Lakers won comfortably. I imagine Lakers fans delusions of grandeur quickly evaporated after the the proceeding losses to Golden State, and San Antonio.
That win, might well end up being one of the highlights of a potentially dreadful season. As the Opening Night adrenaline fades and reality sets in that they just aren’t very talented, and undermanned for the time being without Kobe Bryant.
This is what happens when expecting significant contributions from the likes of Jordan Farmar, Jodie Meeks, Nick Young, and Chris Kaman. I’m not trying to disparage these players. If they were on different teams, in the right situation, they could be valuable to those teams. They, however, aren’t well suited for this situation, in which they are some of the focal points of the team at this time.
Pau Gasol and Steve Nash are future Hall of Famers, but their time has past. Gasol is still a good player, but he can no longer dominate games, which is what this Laker team needs. While Gasol is still a useful player, even perhaps just for his potential trade value, Nash seems to be close to the end, if not there already. It’s tough to watch former great players hang around and a shell of their formers selves, and that’s happening with the 39 year old Nash now. He has two years left on his contract, he’d be wise to retire after this season.
If Bryant can come back and play to at least 75% of last season’s capability, he will win the Lakers a few games virtually by himself. The question is, do the Lakers really want that though? Los Angeles isn’t used to losing consistently, and it’ll be a tough sell to the fan base, but their path to recapturing glory isn’t by gamely winning 35-40 games.
They need to play there young players, and see what they have in them. Trading Gasol should be at the top of the list, as I’m sure there are contenders out there right now that feel he could put them over the top. The pieces they have on the team right now aren’t components of a contender, I’d assume many wont be in a Laker uniform very long, and Lakers fans should just accept that this wont be a pretty season to behold.
I know losing games isn’t particularly appealing to anyone, and with Bryant around, dealing with the losses could become a soap opera in of itself. It’ll be tough, annoying, and miserable for the fans and franchise, but if the Lakers are planning for the future, they’d be wise to let the losses keep on piling up…or pray that Lebron James comes to L.A.
BEST OF MAXIM
When Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant posts anything to his Instagram account, it’s a pretty big deal but his latest post has confused even me.
About an hour ago, Bryant posted the below image with the comments “#Blackout #BearHunt” and it appears that it is just a blacked out image:
What does this mean Kobe? What does this mean??????
Kobe Bryant image courtesy of Getty Images
Maybe 24 million up front wasn't the best idea.
Injured Lakers star Kobe Bryant, as negotiated as part of his contract, received a balloon payment of 24,363,044 from the team on Friday. Bryant will make 30.5M total on the year.
But Bryant's takeaway may be closer to 11 million after Uncle Sam and the state of California get done with the All-Star guard.
According to an...
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant used the first week of the NBA season to ramp up his training again as he continues a comeback from a torn Achilles tendon.
Bryant, who previously told reporters he would need three weeks of "rigorous conditioning" before he considered making his debut for the 2013-14 season, said this past week of work applies to that timeline he scheduled.
Lakers’ Kobe Bryant continues to recover from his torn Achilles tendon while the Lakers begin the season without him. With each passing day, the time frame for Bryant’s return decreases. According to a report by Lakers’ beat writer Mark Medina of Inside the Lakers, Bryant has completed the first week of a “self-required” three week conditioning program which should have...
If you know anything about the NBA, it’s that it’s a stars league—meaning what drives fans to the TV and turnstiles are the big-name, headlining superstars—one of which is the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant. And if you’ve listened to a single conversation about the NBA so far this season, it’s that people are anticipating the return […]
Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash is still dealing with nerve damage stemming from the fractured left leg. “I’m still extremely optimistic,” Nash said, via ESPNLosAngeles.com. “I just think maybe the level of health is different. It is going to be a day-to-day struggle for me, and that’s something I’m up for, though, and I’m optimistic that if I don’t have any...
As noted on this fair website, we always do our best to scour the social networking realm of Twitter to come across the best and most interesting stories.
About an hour ago, former Houston Rockets Yao Ming decided to post an image of himself hanging out with Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant on Twitter:
With @kobebryant pic.twitter.com/AwhF7kXvi1
— Yao Ming (@YaoMing) November...
Phil Jackson has made some great history in the NBA. Not only is he one of the best coaches ever in the league, but he’s a a 11 time NBA champion as a coach, and has given five championships to the LA Lakers. Apparently, if Phil Jackson values anything in his coaching career, it’s future Hall ...The post Phil Jackson: “I Love Kobe Bryant” appeared first on The League News.
In the annals of NBA history, there were few coach and player relationships like Phil Jackson/Kobe Bryant but after years of reflection, it appears that the Zen Master is looking fondly upon Mr. Bryant.
In a recent interview with Seth Davis, Phil talks about Kobe in the light of a father/son relationship:
“I love Kobe Bryant. I consider him like my son,” Jackson told Seth Davis...
We’re less than a week into the NBA season, and there are already a ton of story lines. The Miami Heat lost 2 of their first 3 games, Derrick Rose has looked rusty, the Lakers are surviving without Kobe Bryant, and many more. The most shocking, at least to me, has been the play of ...The post How Does Michael Carter-Williams’ Debut Rank Among Superstars? appeared first on The League News.
LOS ANGELES -- After a sample size of four games, there's one conclusion you can come to about this year's Lakers without Kobe Bryant: This season will look a lot like last season until the Mamba is once again available.
Up. Down. Back. Forth. Many games like Sunday night's 105-103 win over the Atlanta Hawks at Staples Center. The Lakers blew a 21-point lead and needed...
Steve Nash was a guest on Jim Rome’s show today and talked about all things Lakers. Check out a transcript below of some of the highlights from the interview.
On Kobe Bryant coming back:
The biggest thing is first to see how Kobe’s feeling. Is it going to take him time to completely get back to where he was or is he going to come back flying?
So, I think we’ve got to wait and...
Kobe's big payday
Hawks vs. Lakers, 9:30 p.m.
Kobe Bryant makes a lot of money. Like nearly $30.5 million this year. He is one of the highest paid players in the NBA and that is not going to change any time soon. The Lakers are even preparing to discuss a new contract extension with the superstar soon.
And this is all before the Lakers find out if he can indeed come back...
The Spurs and the Lakers hadn’t played a game without Tim Duncan or Kobe Bryant on the court in 17 years. Even with Tim Duncan out, the Spurs were same old Spurs we all know.
Tony Parker had 24 points and six assists, Kawhi Leonard also added 15 points and 11 rebounds, and the Spurs got through without Duncan for a 91-85 victory over Los Angeles on Friday night.
Winning in Dallas has become routine for the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Lakers have gone an NBA-best 8-2 at American Airlines Center since March 18, 2008, while the Mavericks have a .691 home winning percentage in that time (143-64).
Los Angeles goes for its sixth straight regular-season win in Dallas on Tuesday night.
The Mavericks haven't cracked 100 points during their five...