Found January 12, 2014 on
This looks to be a lost season for the Los Angeles Lakers. The idea that the Los Angeles Clippers are the main attraction now at Staples Center now (last year as well), has to be a punch to the gut for the Lakers franchise and their fan base.
There is no buzz, no excitement, no reason to believe a quick turnaround is in the works for the Lakers. As much as it might be an unfortunate truth for the many who despise the organization, the NBA is a more interesting, and exciting league when the Lakers are in contention. It’s a significant boost to the league when high profile teams such as the Lakers, Celtics, Knicks, etc… are in title contention.
The Lakers, as I’ve stated before, have an inherent advantage of playing in a glamorous city like Los Angeles, and the attraction of playing for arguably the signature franchise of the NBA. Yet, they seem to be in the most precarious position they’ve been in as an organization since the early 1990′s, after the Showtime era had ended.
At least when Shaquille O’Neal was traded, the Lakers still had an in his prime Kobe Bryant during those lean years before Pau Gasol arrived in Los Angeles.
Now, can you think of any player on this team that is going to be playing for the Lakers when their next championship caliber team is assembled? There just aren’t many appealing options for them right now.
Obviously I have a glass half empty approach to viewing the short term future outlook of the Lakers, but I haven’t heard of any possible plans floating around that would suddenly change to the course of the franchise. That includes the recent rumors of Minnesota’s Kevin Love leaving the Timberwolves for the Lakers in a few years. While Love is a very good player, he isn’t a dominant superstar that the Lakers would be able to build around.
It has been enjoyable to watch players such as Nick Young and Jordan Hill play much greater than what anybody could have expected. Whether or not they keep up their current level of play is anybody’s guess, I’d assume their production will come back down at least a little bit, as both players have at times played above their heads. Jodie Meeks, and Steve Blake have also played surprisingly well at times this season, having to be relied on much more than anybody thought previously due to the injuries the Lakers have suffered.
Unfortunately, I have a feeling head coach Mike D’Antoni will take the fall for the performance and record of the team. While I understand he has his faults as a coach, he is far down on the list of reasons why the Lakers have such a poor record. Honestly, how much more could you expect a coach to coax out of a roster like the Lakers have been fielding.
The only thing that the Lakers fans will be looking forward to is the return of Bryant, but even that is in question as his body continues to fail him.
While I’m sure there will be some highlights going forward during this season for the Lakers, such as Nick Young three point explosion, this is a year in which every other franchise is reveling in the Lakers disastrous season.
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Nick Young has been one of the few bright spots during this dark Lakers season, both on and off the basketball court.
On the court he’s averaging a team-high 16.3 points per game while shooting 34 percent from three-point range, and when he’s off the floor he’s even more entertaining with his flamboyant clothing and uncensored social media activities.
The Lakers are currently...
In any ordinary season for the Los Angeles Lakers, Mitch Kupchak talking about the top ten NBA Draft prospects in early January would be unheard of. However, this isn’t an ordinary season.
The Lakers are currently sat at 14-23 which would likely land them the ninth pick in June’s draft if the lottery was held today, or maybe even a top three selection if the ping pong balls...
Pau Gasol will be a game time decision according to an MRI he had earlier on Monday, what the Lakers said is a “moderate strain of the flexor tendon of the big toe of his left foot.” Gasol didn’t practice on Monday and went to Dr. Phillip Kwong a foot specialist.
Pau was injured in a 123-87 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night. The Lakers have currently list...
LOS ANGELES -- If this isn't rock bottom, it must be close.
The losses keep mounting, the games are one-sided and the Lakers are showing no signs of life. They've gone from bad to embarrassing.
They never had a chance Friday night against the Clippers, losing 123-87 at Staples Center -- their worst defeat ever to their downtown rivals -- and sounding like a team that has...
Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak has been struck by the NBA's version of Cupid's arrow, and it's left him enamored with Nick Young.
Swaggy P signed a two-year contract with Los Angeles over the summer—with a player option for 2014-15—worth just over $1.1 million this season. Less than halfway through 2013-14, he's left his mark on the Lakers organization...
Photo: L.A. Times
I’m not going to give the Lakers any grades this week.
They got embarrassed twice this week, and I don’t want to sit here and give them an “F” for everything. That would be too easy.
So, I’m going to address a few things that have been discussed by Laker fans over the past few weeks: Pau Gasol, Tanking, and Kevin Love.
Trade rumors have been...
Injuries have opened up an opportunity for Lakers guard Jodie Meeks, who has started 30 of 37 games this season. Meeks is now more than halfway to hitting an incentive in his contract that would reward him with an additional $200,000.
According to his agreement with the Lakers, Meeks has a base compensation of $1.45 million for the 2013-14 season. If he averages at least 20 minutes...
Does Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak possibly adore Kevin Love more than he Does Carmelo Anthony?
In an interview with Lakers.com, Kupchak says that the Lakers are open to the possibility not signing anyone to a huge deal this summer and instead holding that cap space for 2015.
Several years ago, we made a conscious decision to line contracts up for this coming year of free agency. If you...
In a report by ESPN's Dave McMenamin, Los Angeles Lakers' guard Xavier Henry has returned to practice, and may be cleared for action before tomorrow's home game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Henry has been out since the Lakers' December 29th loss to the Philadelphia 76ers after suffering a bone bruise in his right knee. The Lakers have been thin at the position...
So much for the Lakers getting a healthy body back in the lineup…
According to tweets from Lakers reporter Mike Trudell, Xavier Henry (bone bruise) won’t make his return tomorrow versus the Cleveland Cavaliers as his knee is still giving him some problems:
Xavier Henry experienced some soreness in his knee today from yesterday's workout. He will not play tomorrow night vs...
10 losses in their last 11 games leaves the Lakers at 14-23 before they face the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night. The Lakers are 7 games behind 8th seed Dallas and only 2.5 games ahead of last place Utah.
Derailed by injuries, this season has been somewhat disappointing. While no one realistically thought this group was going to challenge for a title, the playoffs were still...
The Lakers have been struggling as of late. Whats one thing similar between this season and last? The injuries. The Lakers were expected win the West last year. What happend? Injuries for the Lakers came left and right. Already without Kobe Bryant, Steve Blake, Xavier Henry, and now Pau Gasol, Los Angeles will continue to struggle even more.
In 30 games playing for Los Angeles, Henry...
The whole “injury bug” thing gets pretty hilarious when your assistant coaches have to suit up in order to have ten healthy players to play a game of five-on-five. Seriously, at this point, all you can do is laugh.
According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles, former Lakers player turned assistant coach Mark Madsen actually had to suit up and take part in Sunday’s practice...
The Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers suffered two of the most embarrassing losses of the NBA season over the weekend.
They'll try shake the memories of those lopsided defeats at each other's expense in Los Angeles on Tuesday night.
Both teams have struggled in 2013-14, but the Lakers (14-23) have been particularly bad lately. They've dropped 10 of 11 and four...
Since the Los Angeles D-Fenders acquired him on December 7, Manny Harris has been filling it up.
The ex-Cleveland Cavaliers player is now averaging 29.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.2 steals per game and was named D-League Player of the Week today for the second time running.
Harris has to be catching the eye of several NBA teams, especially after the...