Things have gone from bad, to slightly optimistic, to utterly disastrous for the Lakers this season. They hit their ultimate low point today upon finding out that their star player Kobe Bryant would be out for the next 6-9 months due to a complete tear of this Achilles tendon. But while on the surface everybody is asking about the future of Kobe Bryant, the under the surface questions are all starting to point towards the Lakers’ big off-season acquisition Dwight Howard. Before the season started, the Lakers were confident that their one year rental of Dwight Howard would lead to him signing a multi-year contract with the team, anchoring them in the post for the next decade and in the process beginning the next era of Lakers supremacy in the NBA.
But over the course of the season, the chances that Dwight Howard stays have not increased and if anything have decreased. This is due to the hiring of offensive wizard/defensive moron Mike D’Antoni, the lack of team chemistry, the injuries, and most importantly the losing. The only reason Dwight Howard wanted out of Orlando was to up his chances of winning a title, and his chances certainly don’t seem to be higher in Los Angeles.
One week ago, the chances Dwight Howard was staying in Los Angeles seemed to be around 75%, since the team was finally back in the playoff picture, winning some games, and also somewhat coming together. But now with Kobe Bryant out for the rest of this season and the vast bulk of next season, the chances that Dwight Howard bolts for greener pastures outside of the City of Angels are no worse than 50-50 and might even be as high as 75%. The Lakers have to do all in their power to keep Dwight Howard since he is the only legitimate piece to build a contender around now that Kobe is gone.
If the Lakers can’t keep Dwight Howard around, look for the Lakers to start blowing things up and rebuilding from scratch. They have always been able to attract big name free agents, which suggests that they won’t be on the bottom for very long, but if Dwight Howard leaves and Kobe Bryant is no longer playing, the Lakers may not be as attractive as other places, including the Clippers, who share the same building as they do but have a much better player for the future in Blake Griffin. Keep in mind that Dr. Jerry Buss is dead and his goofy son Jim is at the helm of the organization now.So far Jim hasn’t shown to be nearly as capable as his father, and his negative presence in Lakerland may also factor into the decisions of free agents. Unfortunately for the Lakers, if they aren’t able to convince big name guys to come, they may be forced to go to the back of the line and play the lottery game with everybody else. As we all know, banking on the ping-pong balls bouncing your way is tantamount to living on a prayer, and that is not something the Lakers organization wants to do.
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