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Dec 20, 2014
It has been an arduous season to say the least. With a roster filled with a lot of players with 1-year deals, the Lakers aren't exactly in contention. Not even for the playoffs as it stands. The bright spots have been the play of Kobe Bryant, who after a major injury, has proved doubters wrong and Nick Young who continues to play well. Ed Davis has also surprised us with this level of play,hustle, and defense. A great find by Mitch Kupchak. It simply isn't enough for this storied franchise.
If the Lakers want to be in contention for next year and beyond, a move must be made by the trade deadline. They need a future point guard who will lead the way. They are missing that key piece desperately. Lin has had his up and downs this year. He's over thinking the game instead of it coming to him naturally. Price has been solid defensively, but lacks offensive punch. Rookie Jordan Clarkson has seen very little playing time, which is not uncommon for rookies. The biggest hole the Lakers need to fix is certainly in this position.
If the Lakers need to give up a big man and an extra player to get a prototypical point guard, then let it be so. In order for the Lakers to lure in a big name free agent next season, they need one other player other than Kobe Bryant. It's going to be difficult to get a big name to come to the Lakers next season if that player feels like there's no chance the Lakers can contend for the playoffs or even the title. Jim Buss has said that if he doesn't make the Lakers contenders in 3 years that he would step down. This year is year one and it hasn't looked good. Kobe's career is coming to an end and if they want to at least make the playoffs in his tenure then they must do something at the trade deadline to further enhance their position to land a key name this off season.
Dec 17, 2014
With 32,293 points, Kobe Bryant surpassed Jordan for 3rd on the all-time scoring list. That achievement in itself is amazing. Yes, it did take Kobe longer to achieve this goal, but Kobe wasn't even supposed to be at this point. How is that you ask? Well, after a devastating torn Achilles injury that would end or even slow down a players' career, Kobe has been playing like the Kobe of old except that he's 36 going on 37. That in itself is pretty darn impressive.
There will always be comparisons between Jordan and Kobe respectively. You can say that Kobe is the closest thing there is to Jordan in the modern basketball era. What makes them so close in comparison? It's easy... their competitive nature to go all out and do whatever it is necessary to win the game. Jordan is considered to be the greatest of all time, and I have no arguments whatsoever about that. If you want to talk statistics, I would choose Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the greatest of all time, but that's a different argument and story.
Kobe has had an illustrious career. Coming into the league at just 17 years of age, and missing key shots in the playoffs during his early career. That never stopped Kobe from being one of the best. Kobe's failure is what drives him to succeed even more. As Kobe's career is coming close to and end, he will no doubt be one of the greatest when it's all said and done. Kobe could of technically won 7 championships in his career if he didn't lose to the Detroit Pistons in 2004 and the Boston Celtics in 2008. It would be a completely different article if that ever happened. Having 5 NBA championships is no easy task and no one can ever take those away from him. There will forever be a link between Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan. Kobe will never be Michael. Kobe is Kobe. For what he has done for the game of basketball will never be forgotten, and we'll just sit back appreciate his greatness.
Nov 10, 2014
Some started to believe it would take awhile for the Lakers to win their first game of the season. It took 6 games for them to finally get that long awaited victory. Kobe has said that he's wanted the team to be consistently aggressive. The Lakers had 5 days to rest up and practice. It certainly paid off.
At the start, it looked like the the same old Lakers and that maybe their first victory would be put on hold once again. The team turned things around in the second half. Lin became much more aggressive and avoided turnovers. Ball movement was far better and the bigs were much more involved offensively. Points were spread out more evenly as the Lakers starters: Lin (21pts), Bryant (21pts), Hill (12pts), Boozer (16pts), Johnson (5pts) were more balanced. Defense was good as the Lakers held the Hornets to just 92pts total in the game.
The Hornets were led by Jefferson who had 23 pts and Walker who had 17pts. The Hornets were 3-3 coming into the game, but the Lakers played with more desperation. It was only one victory for the Lakers, but it was a victory that was very much needed. The team has to continue to play good defense in order to compete in such a tough Western Conference. They travel to Memphis on Tuesday to face the Grizzlies who have a record of 6-1. It's definitely not going to be an easy task, but if the Lakers can play hard nosed defense they could certainly surprise them.
Oct 29, 2014
The Lakers were hoping to start off the 2014-2015 season on the right foot. Instead, they were routed by the Houston Rockets and suffered a big blow when the Lakers' 7th round draft left with a leg injury. Lakers only shot 35.4% from the field. The offense just didn't flow as the Lakers seemed like they were running motions on the court. The Lakers were led by Bryant and Boozer. Bryant had 19pts, while Boozer contributed with 17pts. It wasn't enough as the Rockets were efficient on both offense and defense.
The Lakers did make a surge in the 3rd quarter, but couldn't capitalize on turnovers. The Rockets were led by Harden who had 32pts, followed by Ariza and Jones both contributing 16pts a piece. There was also a little scuffle that ensued when Bryant and Howard got into it when Howard swung his elbow and hit Bryant in the jaw.
Things got worse for the Lakers, who have already lost Nash for the season, when rookie Julius Randle suffered a broken tibia. He had to be carried off in a stretcher while his teammates surrounded him. Really heartbreaking for Lakers fans, as Randle was just starting his career. It may be put on hold now. The Lakers were riddled with injuries last season, and now it looks as though its repeating. The only thing the Lakers can do is go out and play hard every night regardless on who in on the floor. They can't rest as they face the fast running Phoenix Suns tomorrow night.
Oct 13, 2014
Last night's game against the Warriors ended up in another double digit loss in the preseason with the Lakers losing 116-75. The game felt like it was over once the first quarter ended. Stephen Curry had 10pts in about one and half minutes. From there, the Warriors were shooting the lights out once again. The Warriors are one of the most dangerous shooting teams in the NBA, and they showed why.
Now, this is the preseason and its still early, but the Lakers have struggled on defense and offense the past couple of games. Bryon Scott has made it adamant that defense would be their main focus. Well, they have a lot of work to do before the season starts. The Lakers are considered to be a young team with the exception of Nash, Bryant and Boozer who are seasoned veterans. Players are still trying to get used to each other and their playing styles. It will take time and we'll most likely see some growing pains as the season progresses. The more games played, the team will eventually feel comfortable and play as a cohesive unit. Health is key for this Lakers team, and so far it hasn't been kind to them. Lin, Clarkson, Henry, Young, and Kelly have been injured, but the good news is four out of the five will possibly see action soon. Nick Young will be the only one who will miss some significant time when the season starts.
There shouldn't be panic as it is too early to tell what this team can achieve, but they do have to start playing better as a unit.