Los Angeles Losers?
This is not how it was supposed to go…. First it was Nash, two time MVP coming aboard and then the self proclaimed superman Dwight Howard. This was a sure thing right? Wrong!
A loss to Dallas was a shock, especially on opening night with the world watching and Dirk Nowitzki injured but Dallas are a scrappy team now and the Lakers just didn’t compete.
Dallas implemented the “hack a Dwight” technique and had fantastic success, Portland tried the same but ended up getting torched. However there is one key aspect to this point, it completely disrupts the flow of the offense. It turns into bully ball with Dwight trying to be impressive and throwing up so horrible shots. This is going to be an ongoing saga for LA.
Their was very little flow to either game, it’s going to take some time to gel and I get that but this team is constructed pretty poorly. The bench is woeful and with Nash now injured they need to rely heavily on Steve Blake…. Sorry Laker fans.
Will It Get Better?
Of course! As I see it one of two things happen.
1. Mike Brown get’s fired (stop rejoicing, this is a hypothetical)
2. The Princeton offense is canned.
The second of the two is more likely, the issue with this type of offense is that it completely nullifies Nash in this system, something i’m sure they didn’t intend on doing seeings how they are paying him $30million . In order for this Lakers team to succeed they need to hand Nash the reins and let him go free. There is more than enough talent in this team to make that work and it would make guys like Metta World Peace, Jodie Meeks etc that much more potent.
What Do Laker Fans Have To Look Forward Too?
I don’t see the Lakers, nor anyone for that matter, challenging the Chicago Bulls record of 72-10, but I do think this is a supremely talented starting 5 with a limited bench. If LA can hold onto it’s health they will be a top 4 seed in the West. The Thunder lost a key piece this week with Harden going to the Rockets and while he was a key piece of what they did as a team, Eric Maynor and Kevin Martin will take up a large part of this slack. As a result the Lakers may think they got an easier ride to the finals… if they do think that they are sorely mistaken.
Kobe will be Kobe which is a good thing for this team, if Mike Brown drops his insistence on the offense the Lakers will succeed, should he not he’ll be gone.
What do you think of the rough start so far,will they beat the Clippers in the battle of LA or will it be a 0-3 start?