Mar 23, 2015
As the woeful 2014-2015 season for the Lakers is drawing near, the busy off-season will be coming soon. The Lakers are on pace to have their worst season in franchise history. Something Laker fans aren't used to seeing. On the up side, the Lakers could have a potential top 5 draft pick. They picked Julius Randle in last year's draft, but a broke leg kept him from playing most of the season. Adding more young talent in this year's draft would be good for the team as they are rebuilding to compete in future years.
There will be some free agents that the Lakers will be going after. Some names that have been attached in rumors are Rajon Rondo, Goran Dragic, and Greg Monroe to name a few. Next season is most likely Kobe's last season in the NBA. The Lakers would like to at least build a team that can contend for a playoff spot and grow from there. The emergence of rookie guard Jordan Clarkson, Ed Davis, and Tarik Black have definitely opened up the eyes of the Lakers front office. They may have something going with those players that can benefit the team down the road. Mitch Kupchak will definitely have a busy off-season as they try to resurrect a franchise that has not been the same lately.
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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.