Originally posted on Helmet and Pads Required  |  Last updated 6/26/13
After a dismal showing in the 2012-13 NBA season, which culminated with Kobe Bryant’s season-ending Achilles tendon injury and being swept in the first round of the playoffs by eventual runners-up the San Antonio Spurs, the Los Angeles Lakers are back to the drawing board in this year’s off season. With franchise great, Kobe Bryant, at the tail end of his career, the California-based team is already scampering to re-sign their prized big man and soon-to-be unrestricted free agent, Dwight Howard, in hopes of building a solid future with him at the forefront of the team. After signing Howard and two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Steve Nash during last year’s off season, Las Vegas oddsmakers made the Lakers an early favorite to win the coveted Larry O’Brien trophy. They had an all-star starting players suited for Hollywood’s blockbuster films, and a dream scenario for video game players and Lakers fans all over the world. This was until fate quickly intervened and slapped the franchise with a hard dose of reality. Surprisingly, the Los Angeles Lakers’ loss kept on piling. They underwent a couple of coaching changes, and significant injuries of their key players proved to be a key factor in their season-long struggles. Casino bookies and oddsmakers feasted the team’ unexpected losses, which triggered some live casino gamers to go cyber route and engage in online gaming sites similar to Castle Jackpot and Guild Wars 2 to amend their defeat. In hindsight, not only did the Los Angeles Lakers started the season on a sour note, they even ended it bitterly. Every believer knows that Kobe Bryant has still a lot left in the tank. At 34 years-old and playing in his 16th year in the league, the Black Mamba proved to the basketball world that he can still dominate and carry a seemingly lost franchise. But in reality, his recent major injury slows down his quest for a seventh ring. But despite of this, next season will still be an exciting one for true purple and gold bleeders. They have been down, and there is no way to go but up. Whether they sign, trade, or completely give away to free agency Dwight Howard, for them there is no doubt about the pride of a 16-time NBA champion and always counting on the Black Mamba.
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