Found February 24, 2014 on Pass The Pill:
This is not exactly the team Lakers fans are use to The Los Angeles Lakers are in a very bad position this season. In fact, this is turning to be one of the worst seasons in franchise history. Sitting at the second-to-last seed in the Western Conference with an 18-35 record, the Lakers have almost no chances to enter the playoffs. All the fans have are several reasons to feel disappointed with the course of their favorite team. Let’s examine the top five reasons why. No.1: Underachieving It is one thing for an NBA team to tank and it’s an entire different thing to tank when you are not expected to do so. The Lakers were supposed to make it to the playoffs this season or at least stay within the playoff race. On the contrary, due to all the misfortunes and the bad performances the Lakers are breaking one negative record after another. No.2: Kobe Bryant Kobe Bryant was, is and is projected to continue to be the leader of the team for at least the next couple of years. All Lakers fans have been waiting for a long period of time to see him in action, since the end of the 2012-2013 season. Unfortunately, Kobe is still sidelined with an injury, after playing below his usual standards in the six game he appeared earlier this season. The latest updates talk about the possibility of him staying out for the remainder of the season, which will further disappoint Lakers fans. No.3: The future Steve Nash is 40 years old and he is still under contract for the next season. Kobe is 35 and he won’t get any healthier as he gets older. Pau Gasol is 33 and his contract is expiring this summer. The Lakers, in general, have a high age-average and they don’t have lots of draft picks over the next few years. So how can this team really shake things up and get better for the future? That’s a very good question, which might not have a good answer for Lakers fans. No.4: 2014 Summer Free-Agency There were huge expectations for the 2014 summer free-agency for the Lakers. LA was and maybe still is supposed to be chasing megastars like LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony. Nonetheless, at least at the moment, those targets don’t seem to be realistic. The Lakers certainly need a superstar addition, but Melo and LeBron don’t seem to be willing to leave their current respective teams this summer. So the Lakers will most probably need to wait until the summer of 2015 to get a shot in acquiring Kevin Love. No.5: Legacy The Lakers’ jersey is one of the most recognized ones around the world. The legacy of the team is huge, its history goes decades back and includes lots of consecutive years of success. If we were talking about neophyte teams like the Oklahoma City Thunder or ever-struggling teams like the Charlotte Bobcats there would be excuses. Nonetheless, for the Lakers, this situation is simply unacceptable. The Lakers are accustomed to be a powerful team and that’s exactly what the team has to become once again.
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