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.
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.
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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Just because you have money doesn’t mean you have to spend it.
That’s how the Los Angeles Lakers are thinking right now.
The purple and gold are set to have the most cap space they’ve had in decades in just a few months’ time, yet that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll use it all up at once.
“I don’t think that we’ll use our cap money to patch together a team for...
So, where do we go from here?
That’s the question many fans of the Los Angeles Lakers are asking right now.
The team is currently sat at 19-36 and hasn’t seen Kobe Bryant wear their purple and gold jersey since December. Before the trade deadline, Lakers management couldn’t find a worthwhile deal for Pau Gasol, and so he’ll hang around for the remaining 27 games and will...
Pau Gasol had some criticism for his club following a 20-point loss at Indiana on Tuesday night. Gasol scored 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in the Lakers’ 118-98 loss to the Pacers, and he was not happy with what he felt was selfish play by his teammates. “There’s just too many individual actions right […]
Swaggy P and Ray-J are an odd pairing. I can only imagine the kind of conversations they both have. Do they sit in a room and compare how many indoor and outdoor swimming pools they own?
I don’t even know how these two know each other. However, Ray-J did grow up in California just like Nick Young, so maybe that’s it.
I noticed that Nick didn’t opt to dress in his Kanye West...
NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn and vice president Kiki Vandeweghe told ESPN.com that the league office has thought about expanding the dimensions of the court and the introduction of a 4-point shot. Thorn and Vandeweghe spoke with ESPN’s TrueHoop TV during All-Star Weekend in New Orleans earlier this month about the ideas. Vandeweghe said the growing size...
Sadly, thanks to all the losses, this season has become more about the kicks than than the wins.
I guess we have to keep ourselves entertained somehow, though.
Last night, both Wesley Johnson and Jodie Meeks made interesting shoe choices against the Brooklyn Nets.
Johnson went for his usual adidas Crazy 8s – this particular pair featured a purple, gold and white colorway to match...
The Boston Celtics played the Los Angeles Lakers in a road game on Friday and following the game (a 101-92 loss), the team embarked upon a visit to Sacramento as the team was scheduled to play the Kings on Saturday. One problem: Rajon Rondo wasn’t along for the ride. Instead, Rondo elected to stay in […]The post Rajon Rondo stays in L.A. over weekend to celebrate birthday, skips...
Miami Heat forward LeBron James has won two NBA championships and four NBA MVP awards, and now he’s picked up another honor — he’s earned more money from endorsements than any other NBA star. Forbes.com reports that James earned $42 million from endorsements last year. His biggest sponsors include Nike, McDonald’s, Coca Cola, Samsung, Upper Deck, Audemars Piguet and Dunkin’ Donuts.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant told Yahoo Sports that the Brooklyn Nets' signing of openly gay center Jason Collins will have a "domino effect" that will impact much more than the gay and sports communities.
Collins became the first openly gay athlete to play in one of America's four major sports when he debuted for the Nets against the Lakers on Sunday night...
Kobe Bryant believes the Brooklyn Nets' signing of Jason Collins will have a "domino effect" beyond the gay and sports communities.
"His impact [Sunday night] is greater than what people think," Bryant said. "You look at it from the context of having the first openly gay player. But they missed the domino effect that it has way beyond sports."...
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The Lakers just swept the season series against the Boston Celtics, and now they look to do the same against the Brooklyn Nets.
If Los Angeles is able to win tonight, it will be the first time they have won back-to-back home games since November 24th. I’m not joking.
Earlier in the season, the two teams met up in Brooklyn where the Lakers were able to pull...
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When: 9:00 PM EST; Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
Where: Staples Center; Los Angeles, CA
TV: YES Network
Under most circumstances, tonight's Nets-Lakers tilt would be a run-of-the-mill Sunday night meeting between one team far outside of the playoff discussion (the Lakers) and one firmly entrenched in it (the Nets). A pair of former...
And so, Wilt Chamberlain’s legacy continues.
The man who once scored 100 points in one game obviously had a storied career that included winning two NBA championships and once averaging over 50 points per game for a whole season.
That’s why it’s not surprising to hear that the U.S. Postal Service has decided print the former Laker’s face on postage stamps.
According to The...
After Tuesday’s 118-98 loss to the Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers veteran Pau Gasol voiced his frustration with the team’s lack of discipline. Gasol believes the team is playing selfishly because 12 of the Lakers’ 15 players are without a contract for next season and the Lakers are 15 games out of a playoff spot with 25 games left to play. “That’s why you have to...
Nearly every contest of the Brooklyn Nets' 11-game losing streak to the Los Angeles Lakers came with Kobe Bryant on the floor.
While the Nets won't have to contend with Bryant this time, a face from the past will be trying to haunt them instead.
MarShon Brooks, coming off a solid Los Angeles debut, faces the team he began his career with for the first time Sunday night...