Ed. note: for the first time in Last Angry Fan’s history we’re featuring a post written by a guest contributor. Today we bring you an epic Lakers rant from Joe Burgett, an exceptional writer with a solid blogging background. Joe was one of the first featured columnists in Bleacher Report history, and has also contributed to Sportsscribes.com, Ring-Rap.com, FanvsFan.com, YourTango.com, and WrestleEnigma.com among others. Aside from the fact that he’s a huge Alabama Crimson Tide fan, Joe’s a fine human being and one helluva model American.
Now usually, I find myself to be very peaceful. I’m down to earth, and have no real psychological issues to my knowledge. However, I do find myself getting mad at times. And when that occurs, I tend to go on a slight rant. According to my therapist, it makes me feel better. So, sit back and enjoy the facts that will face you.
The Los Angeles Lakers decided to make a big splash this off-season, which, as any Laker fan will tell you, was sorely needed. You had Kobe Bryant, the premier player in the game even still. But even Jordan needed some help. Why do you think Pippen is a Hall of Famer, eh?
Kobe did have some help in guys like Gasol and the Player formerly known as Andrew Bynum. And he even had Mr. Anger Management, Metta World Peace on his side to help out. By the way, for a man who attacked a fan at a game once, his name is quite ironic, no? Then of course, “Mr. Kardashian” Lamar Odom was there doing whatever it is that he does.
In any case, the team was solid enough at one point to win an NBA Championship. But the issue was that you knew in the end, the guys were getting older and older. And you needed youth on the team. Guys who were once premier players were not going to last, even Kobe lost a step or two. What the Lakers had to do was find the next new “guy” for them to build with and for Kobe to mentor until he retires, which is said to be near 2015-2016.
So, the Lakers made a move in the off-season to get Dwight Howard which was a brilliant acquisition. They got rid of an issue in the player formally known as Andrew Bynum as well. Howard for a long time now has been the most dominate center in the NBA. To me, he is Shaq dominate. Interesting with the Magic/LA comparison, huh? I know, I scare myself with this witty stuff too.
Instead of Penny Hardaway, this new generational Shaq in Howard had one of the best players in history on his team in Kobe Bryant. But they needed some help at the point, so they went out and got Steve Nash. I can’t really hate on Nash, despite the fact that he’s Canadian. The man is a former two time NBA MVP, helped lead Phoenix to the playoffs numerous times and has been a force in the West for most of his career. But he’s older, and maybe his best years are past him. However, I will say Nash has been one of my favorite players the last 10 years. He is a Hall of Famer to me, and I wanted him to win a title before his time was up. LA was his best bet for that, especially with the nucleus set up.
Seriously, you see Kobe, Howard, and Nash on the same team. Then add Gasol in there for kicks, that’s a solid team and all men have been involved in MVP talks in their careers and been to numerous All-Star games. It SHOULD work, key word being should.
But no, oh good Lord NO, it has not worked.
We saw with the Miami Heat that when you get star players all in the same place it might take a while to get going to begin with. If you recall, the Heat looked horrible to begin with when LeBron and Bosh made their way to South Beach to join Wade. But, they got it going and were a force in the playoffs, even making it to the NBA Finals. They lost, but the following year they won it all. And they looked good all year doing it.
I gave the Lakers the benefit of the doubt earlier on. I figured the same formula would apply. They’d look bad early due to the new players and new system to work with. And then after, they’d get it going. But, I was wrong. Boy was I ever wrong. And I hate being wrong, damn it!
The Lakers have seen Gasol and Howard both injured at times. One with a shoulder issue and the other with just about every injury you can think of. At this point, I’m thinking of calling Gasol’s mommy and Spain to come get her little boy. He’s hurting Momma Gasol, take him home and nurture this poor man!
And Howard has simply been an ass. Let’s be honest now, rumors have gone rampant that a trade is possible to get Rondo from the Celtics in place of Howard. So, the Irish Luck would be pretty good. However, Rondo being traded while hurt does nothing for the Lakers in my opinion. He just came out of a knee surgery people. Howard can at least play some, so that’s better than nothing. Great present out of surgery though, right? “Uh, Mr. Rondo, Boston has traded you to LA. Hope you feel better.”
Now, the Lakers GM has denied the reports. To quote the Church Lady, “well isn’t that special?”. Because we never see GMs deny things like that before they’re finalized, like, ever!
I don’t see it happening. But there is another report from Steven A. Smith saying that Howard was trying to convince Rudy Gay to join him on the Jay-Z squad at Brooklyn in the off-season. Howard and Jay-Z seem tighter than, well, I won’t go there, I respect Beyoncé to much.
Gay and Howard could make the Nets look good next year, so it’s a thought. So, it seems Howard is at least mentally out of LA. Gasol is physically out. Kobe is angry all the time, so much so I’m making a call to Jack Nicholson now. For multiple reasons, think about it people.
Nash is playing as well as he can but he’s lost in the shuffle of what I call, “The LA Burning”.
LA looks just plain awful. And at a record of 25-29, you don’t see it going anywhere but south. They recently lost to the Clippers. THE CLIPPERS!! When did you ever think the other LA team would be leading the division and being on top in La La Land, huh?
Something has to be done now. The trade deadline coming up to me means someone is gonna have to move. I don’t care who, but another strong piece must be added to this team if it has any chance to do well. Jordan Hill is out, which makes the bench look weaker than a geek running sprints.
If I’m LA, I trade Howard for about 2 or 3 solid players. He’s out next season anyway seemingly, so why not? You can possibly even contend in the playoffs this way. Getting young players to mold and use on the team is your best bet right now. Even if the playoffs are out for the Lakers this year, getting a young team to build for the future is at least an option to explore.
For now, I’ll stick with the Spurs in the West. They’re a guaranteed 50 win team anyway. That’s right LA, I went there.
By the way, I heard Jack is wearing red and white these days, but you didn’t hear that from me…
Rant over…I’d like to apologize to my mother.
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