My Lakers suck.
|(L-R) Steve Nash, 2-Time MVP, Dwight Howard (3-Time D.P.O.Y.), Kobe Bryant 5x NBA Champ 1MVP etc, Pau Gasol 2x NBA Champ and Metta World Peace (formerly Ron Artest) 1.D.P.O.Y Trophy and NBA Champ|
When the Lakers hired Mike ‘Antoni (the D is also invisible), I believe I read that it was because his offensive system best suited the current Laker roster, more than the Zen Master himself, Phil Jackson. WHAT the HELL?!! Let’s compare rosters from Phil’s last championship season to this one:
2009-10 Lakers Roster:
PG Derek Fisher
SG Kobe Bryant
SF Ron Artest (now Metta World Peace)
PF Pau Gasol
C Andrew Bynum
Bench: Shannon Brown G, Sasha Vujacic G, Josh Powell F, Lamar Odom F, Jordan Farmar G, D.J. Mbenga C, Luke Walton F and Adam Morrison (who almost NEVER played btw) F.
Compare that roster to the 2012-13 one:
PG Steve Nash
SG Kobe Bryant
SF Metta World Peace
PF Pau Gasol (Earl Clark? :S)
C Dwight Howard
Bench: Chris Duhon G. Darius Morris G, Steve Blake G (although he’s been injured forever!), Jodie Meeks G, Antawn Jamison F, Earl Clark F, Robert Sacre C and Jordan Hill F/C (out for season *womp*)
I want to say LA’s problem is offense, I wanna say its defense, but at this point, EVERYTHING sucks.
To make matters worse, there are musings that a certain All-Star Center who may be a free agent soon
(or even traded; Dwightmare pt 2?!) is unhappy with the number–or lack thereof of touches he’s getting on this team. This is why, among other things, I was never a fan of trading away Andrew Bynum, who may be a knucklehead at times, but is MUCH more polished offensively and certainly capable of anchoring the Lakers’ defense despite not being as athletic as Dwight. Bynum knew and understood where he was on the pecking order. It is, and always will be, until he retires, KOBE 1st, then everybody else after. And frankly, Dwight certainly should not be complaining about touches because: 1. He’s still turning over the ball at a high rate 2. He’s getting the ball but getting fouled and still missing his FTs 3. Guys are starting to fight him from getting good post position and blocking potential lobs, although his back may have something to do with him being less effective in that regard.
So what’s the bottom line of this mini rant/analysis? The return of STEVE BLAKE! (Has to be right?)
No. Seriously now. Everybody in the Lakers organization not named Kobe needs to find their pride, wherever they put it and play like they’re the damn Lakers! The team no one wants to see in the playoffs! The team that won 5 championships from 2000-2010! The team that inspired this Ron Artest song. As it stands, (and we hope Dwight’s shoulder isn’t significantly worse), it can’t possibly get worse…Right? Although, the way these guys are playing, I really don’t wanna find out. If it doesn’t work, I say blow it all up, coach included (obviously you keep Kobe, Nash and maybe Metta) and get some D-League guys who are willing to play the right way and scrap for everything!
If not though, here’s the first step to turning things around: sign K-Mart!