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ESPN Forecast Panel Predicts Lakers Face Most Team Turmoil

After what was the worst season in franchise history, the Los Angeles Lakers have been predicted by the ESPN Forecast panel to be the team with the most turmoil. The Lakers had 29 more points than the second team, the Houston Rockets:

This offseason was a productive one despite some of the setbacks. The Lakers’ front office was hopeful to land a superstar, but that didn’t pan out as planned. They also took practically the entire summer to appoint a head coach. Although Kobe Bryant is coming back and a deem worthy coach has been appointed, the Lakers could be in trouble in terms of team chemistry.

This is a team with only five players who have been re-signed. The other half of the team include Randle and Clarkson who were drafted along with Ed Davis, Jeremy Lin and Carlos Boozer. While it’ll be tough for this group of players to get along and develop chemistry, they also have to get used to playing alongside Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash who are both coming back from an injury-riddled season.

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The coaching drama of Mike D’Antoni might be gone, but while every player on the roster must get used to playing with one another, they’re all going to have to get used to playing under an entirely new coaching system under the leadership of Byron Scott.

Even with a new coach who bleeds purple and gold and a team who will surely look to make a deep run and adjust to each other, this season looks like it’ll be necessary to set a foundation for the following seasons.

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  • Realistic Laker Fan

    This season can honestly go either way.

  • Andy L

    “it’ll be tough for this group of players to get along”??? Okaaaaaayyy…

    • Kishan

      Agree! i don’t see any ego clashes…. i don’t see anyone demanding the ball apart from Kobe ….. Maybe Swaggy P but he knows he no where near the Kobe Bryant Level

  • Duckathon

    The Lakers might not be good, but turmoil?

  • Dana Douglas

    WTF is it with the ESPN forecast panel and their visceral distaste for the Lakers?

    • ra

      ESPN panel? Panel of what? They’re just guys who talk about sports, like us. There is nothing that they have that is better or more insightful of what anyone else on earth, who likes sports, has to say.

      ESPN props them up as experts, and yet their predictions are generally dismal. If they can’t predict outcomes (other than obvious outcomes, which they always do), then what good are they? You think Las Vegas bases odds on what ESPN Sports-weenies have to say?

      ESPN is a ‘sports-gossip’ channel, that’s all. It’s just like E! Entertainment. Same thing. A gossip channel. No real journalism in ESPN.

      • Dana Douglas

        Um, I think you read a lot more into my comment than was there.

  • Jim213

    Nah, Scott will manage them accordingly aside of holding them accountable. But defense (29th), team play, and rebounding (in the sense of limiting second chance opportunities) will be crucial this upcoming season.

  • purp& goldpride

    The overtly negatively at espn is annoying. I can understand them thinking the Lakers won’t be good, but turmoil? Wow

  • Zach

    I can see their point. New coach with a losing record historically…hobbled gunner focused on personal records rather than wins…struggling PG trying to reclaim his stature, who’s sure to resent the SG when he hogs the ball…a fervent fan base not willing to accept the rebuild that’s required here…

    • Reggie Rozaldo Revilla

      naaah..you’re just being too pessimistic..can’t be much worse than the last 2 years… look at the bright side..all injuries have healed, no more s2pid coach trying to experiment on every game, no more cry baby dwightmAre.. and we got a lot of role players and other underrated ones who’ll prove everybody wrong.. just sit back and enjoy tge season bro.. maybe something amazing will happen..

      • Devon Samuels²⁴

        Don’t feed to him he just another troll hater that some how like spending here then worry about his own team

        • rick

          Hey knucklehead…..i am a laker fan since the late 70′s when i learned about basketball. like it or not, zach is right. its too bad i wont be able to find you in 6 months when the lakers are struggling to put up 90 ppg while not allowing 115. see it for what it is, another losing season. and anytime kobe is in the conversation, there will be turmoil. you should know this by now. its been that way most of his career.

          • independentbynature

            No,you’re not a Lakers fan.In 6 mos.,you’ll have disappeared or changed your name to troll some more.Go back under your bridge with the rest of the trolls.

          • rick

            god damn you’re dumb.

          • independentbynature

            That would still make me a genius compared to you,trollboy.Have you ever said anything positive?Let’s look at your recent posts……nope all you do is troll this site posting your Lakers hating garbage.Then when someone disagrees,you attack them.I expect nothing different from you on any of your future posts as well.Sound familiar,you hypocritical POS?

          • rick

            troll? i bet you think thats funny too. im not posting lakers hater garbage kneegrow, im posting valid thoughts, and opinions on the only nba team ive ever been a fan of. i love kobe too for all he has done, but how it goes is…..what have you done for me lately? he is done. he needed to take less money so this squad could compete, yet he chose to take a massive chunk of the salary available to the team. so now we have to wait till kobe leaves before the lakers can rebuild properly. even phil jackson said kobe is being paid too much. and how do you explain kobes horrible shooting percentage compared to say…jordan or even magic, who wasnt known as a great shooter?

          • independentbynature

            kneegrow? Really?You’re just another POS RACIST……..I’m not going to glorify your rantings with debate.That’s for serious people.And I’m not the same race as you,either.I’m part of the human race.One planet…One people.Except for you.of course.My guess is,you’re from Uranus.Your head is definitely up there.

          • Laker truth

            Let’s say kobe took less … (arbitrary to the success of the team) and melo comes to la … You think some how our chances would improve ? Possibly but possibly not because basket ball is a game of player chemistry no one knows who is going to win it all this year that’s how it works so be more careful with your opinion because you might just be wrong oh and also kobe hasn’t done anything for you recently probably because he doesn’t know you exist

          • rick

            you have never heard the expression, “what have you done for me lately”? are you 17? the problem with laker fans like you and so many others is you are delusional. you think this mediocre team is going to do well, and that an aging superstar can carry this team to a title. you guys are nuts.

          • kobegod

            Kobe is god

          • Thomas Klein

            Rick, I swore I saw you too on TV at the Steve Balmer Clippers rally…….You were the one with the Red and Blue Clipper hat and the Kobe button with a big red line thru it.

          • Qing Zhang

            This guy rick is really weird, why does it bother you so much when people remain hopeful about their team? What’s so wrong to be optimistic for something not yet known. Why do people all have to agree with you? You don’t control others feeling and stop pretending to be a Lakers fan since the 70s or whatever, I’ve heard it too many times where people claim they are fan for 50 years and sounded like they never watch basketball before

          • kobegod

            Fak u

          • TrueLakerFan

            Kobe had a horrible shooting percentage….his career is 45%….which is higher than probably over 80% of SG in the league right now….so apparently u don’t have a clue about basketball

          • kobegod

            Fak you

          • Laker truth

            Dude are you sure your a fan. You seem like more of a speculator

          • TrueLakerfan

            struggling to put up 90 ppg while not allowing 115??? Dude u sound stupid by saying not allowing 115 ppg….why would we want to allow 115 ppg….doesn’t make sense….I believe u need to correct yourself b4 calling someone else dumb or stupid

          • rick

            you know what i meant dipshit. are you really that fuckin dumb?

          • Thomas Klein

            We fired no defense Mr. Pringgles last year Rick, I’ll go on record as predicting that we don’t give up more than 99-100 points a game, down from 109 or some insane amount last year. And with Kobe back, and Lin instead of Marshall at the point, our offense will be more potent. In short, I don’t see us struggling to put up 90 points unless we get decimated by injuries again this year. The comment about Kobe being at the center of strife tips us off that your shitting us when you say your a long time Laker fan, anyone following the team closely knows thats simply not the case. You have been listening to ESPN too much.

      • independentbynature

        He’s not being pessimistic.He’s a big time Kobe hater.He will only enjoy this season if the Lakers are terrible.Which he prays for every night before mommy tucks him in.

    • independentbynature

      I can’t see your point,gayzach.Gunners focused on personal records rather than wins,don’t get 5 rings.I guess you don’t have a point.

      • Zach

        Sure they do, they ride dominant big men, famous coaches, and guys like Joey Crawford. We both know Kobe never reaches a conference finals if he’d stayed in Charlotte. Sam Jones won 10 rings, btw, guess he’s twice as good?

        • Thomas Klein

          Zach, thats just Pure Hate, you don’t get 5 rings and get to #3 on the all time scoring list, riding someone else’s coat tails, we’ll see how good Melo does with your FAMOUS coach, wan’t to bet me the Knicks DON’T win the title this next year… I didn’t think so, so stop it with the Famous Coach excuse, and dominant big man? ARE YOU KIDDING, I can’t find anyone that referred to Gasol as Dominant, skilled maybe, but not Dominant. As for the Joey Crawford excuse, please….., LeBronze James gets more favorable calls than any player that’s EVER played the game. If anything, Kobe has been robbed in that department.

          • Zach

            Jax isn’t coaching anymore buddy. And laughable that Kobe has been robbed, he has taken more FTs in history than any other player on shots where zero contact was made. Look at the replay of him tearing his achilles vs. GSW, gets a whistle and the defender is five feet away. Fisher has five rings and actually played well in the clutch now and then, unlike Kobe. Stats prove he’s one of the poorer clutch shooters historically. Fact.

          • independentbynature

            More stupidity from this Celtic fan.

        • independentbynature

          You continue to make stupid comments.Sam Jones was a role player.Kobe was never in Charlotte to stay there.He was drafted FOR the Lakers in exchange for Divac,who is the player that Charlotte wanted.It was the Nets who were interested in Kobe,that his agent told that he didn’t want to play for.Calipari has confirmed this.Gasol was hardly a dominant big man.That’s like saying that MJ rode Pippin to his titles.Joey Crawford never favored any players.Trolls like you never let the facts get in the way of your hate.So,now we know the truth.You are a Celtics fan who trolls the Lakers.That figures.The second favorite team of any true Lakers fan is whoever is playing the Celtics.You are a ridiculous liar calling yourself a Lakers fan.LMAO @ you.

          • Zach

            I’ll be laughing at you all year as Kobe struggles to be one of the top 20 SGs. You Kobe slurpers are delusional in how you like to twist all history, stats and facts to show he’s elite. And Gasol was just better than Kobe in the 2010 finals; who can forget the 6 for 24 debacle that actually cost them the true title that year? (90% of fans outside of LA believe Celts were champs that season).
            And it’s actually ‘Pippen,’ LOL! You’re a clown!

          • independentbynature

            So I guess you think your spelling makes up for your complete lack of comprehension and your inability to account for context or even know the facts of what you’re talking about.You are a complete idiot.If you really want a good laugh,just look in the mirror.You’re a joke.

          • Zach

            I looked in the mirror, but just see a younger Brad Pitt, but taller and a bit handsomer. And we both know I grasp the game far more than a drooling fanboy (?) or girl like you, that’s not in doubt.

          • independentbynature

            That’s a joke.The only thing you grasp is very small and limp when you look in that mirror and stroke it.Brad Pitt is a little wimp and so are you.I’m a Clint Eastwood kinda guy and you don’t wanna make my day little troll.Your hubris is not intelligence.I’ve been a Lakers fan since I was a little boy in 1965.I’m a former athlete.I know basketball as well or better than anyone on this site.You are just another coward hiding behind your computer.Face2face you’d make puddles on the ground.Don’t kid yourself little boy.

          • Zach

            I love it, so you’re a bed-wetting old cunnt and actually think you’re tough? I could literally humiliate you with one hand behind my back and blindfolded. And you don’t even know the game at all watching it for half a century??? Wow.
            Now go eat your oatmeal and take your nap geezer.

          • independentbynature

            You think so little boy?I’ve been a maritial artist since I was 15.I’m a former Taekwondo and kick boxing competitor and instructor.I regularly spar with 22 yr’ olds and they turn red with embarrassment after being dominated by someone my age.My skills include Muay Thai,boxing,hapkido,wing chun,chinese kenpo and judo.My first instructor was master Seo Choi who is dead now,but a legend among maritial artist,where I attended his school on Western Av. in 1972.I have shelf full of trophies from my days as a prize fighter.I would happy to teach you,but my lessons can get expensive.Make sure your medical and dental insurance is current.You just put your own foot in your mouth and were we to ever meet,it would be my foot in your mouth.I accept your invitation….LOL.

          • independentbynature

            Oh,and I hope your a lot bigger than your boyfriend Brad Pitt.I don’t like to pick on little guys since I’m a heavyweight.

          • Zach

            You’ve got some gumption for a sad old man, LOL. Guarantee you wouldn’t last 30 seconds pruneface! Ha, totally delusional. I can promise you that you’d limp off or beg for mercy very quickly. But thanks for the laughs!! You’re one sorry old granny.
            Hope those ‘maritial’ arts come in handy if your wife ever attacks you though! ; ) Clown.

          • independentbynature

            Sure thing.coward.You are a pitiful little Brad Pitt imitation in drag.I see now why they call you gay zach.You’re right about one thing.It wouldn’t take me 30 seconds to knock your drag queen punk ass out.I give you a standing invitation to put your money where your mouth is.

          • Zach

            I would never actually hit a guy your age anyway, especially given that you clearly have dementia. Sad, really. Hope your funeral goes smoothly.

          • independentbynature

            No worries.The only thing you would hit,is the ground.

          • Zach

            …said the old man with dementia and no friends. I could literally knock you cold with my penis, but you’d probably like that. Now go change your Depends, you’re starting to smell like urine again.

          • independentbynature

            I assure you that nothing that small could knock me out.

          • Zach

            Sounds like you’ve been hit in the face by a few…

          • independentbynature

            Sounds like you’ve been bent over for a few……..

          • Kameron

            You are calling people dumb and yet you cannot spell. Wow.

          • independentbynature

            Can you spell typo,moron?

      • David

        Five rings with PJ, no rings without PJ.

        • independentbynature

          Michael Jordan;6 rings with PJ,no rings without PJ.What’s your point?

    • hookedonnews

      First of all Kobe is supposed to be 100% and Nash (not struggling if healthy) has played with Kobe before and doesn’t resent him. He knows it’s Kobe’s team and just wants to win. Has never been concerned with personal glory. Now the fan base is another matter. I’m never optimistic where some fans are concerned. Scott is the wild card. I don’t know what to expect from him.

      • Zach

        LOL, Kobe was supposedly 100% healthy last time too, remember? And would Scott have been picked without his Laker background? We both know the answer there. He’s not a very good coach.

        • hookedonnews

          Yes, Kobe was healthy at the beginning of last season and unfortunately suffered a broken bone in his knee after 6 games. There’s no guarantee that any player in the league won’t be injured, and some injuries take longer to heal than others.

          I’m sure Scott’s Laker background was a major factor in his hiring, as was his relationship with Kobe. As I said, I don’t know what to expect from him. There’s no reason to believe that a coach can’t improve just like a player. Time will tell whether they hired the right coach. He would not have been my choice.

          • Zach

            I’m confused with a lot of the coaching moves I’ve seen lately. Seems to be a fervent hunger for completely newbie guys. Trading for Jason Kidd when he’s done nothing yet! Dumping Mark Jackson for Kerr. Craziness.

          • hookedonnews

            I agree. Makes no sense to me. GS made a good move in hiring Alvin Gentry to assist Kerr. He’s got experience as a head coach and helped the Clippers last season to improve their offense. I was surprised that the Lakers didn’t give Mark Jackson a serious look.

          • Chrmngblly

            Of course YOU were surprised. Mark Jackson is a known quantity in the NBA now. He fights over BS with his bosses and subordinates. Nobody wants someone so quarrelsome, in spite of his good qualities.

          • hookedonnews

            I’m aware of his clashes with the GS FO/assistant coaches. There are two sides to that story and maybe he learned something. That was his first HCing job. I’m also aware of what he did with the team. He was supported by his players, and you can’t argue that he didn’t have success there. They were 3rd in the West in defense at one point which seems to be the buzz word these days. No reason why he shouldn’t have been given a fair shot at the job.

    • Thomas Klein

      Zach, I swore I saw you on TV at the Steve Balmer Clippers rally…….

      • Zach

        That was me. With my Lloyd Free retro jersey. Guilty as charged.

    • Chrmngblly

      There are rebuilds and there are rebuilds. Just because the Lakers FO was only able to grab a few leftover scab players and no real stars in FA doesn’t mean this crew will hate each other. These guys may look back on the MDA years as “the good old days” if Scott makes D the new yardstick in Laker land. What is going to be more important is how much and how well they pass the rock, especially in the very beginning. It doesn’t make the news, but good passing will get you way more than good dribbling—especially in the 4th quarter. Remember the Spurs, Laker Fans. Spanking the Heat was no accident.

      • Zach

        We’ll see if Kobe takes note of the Spurs win and gets into the mode of passing the ball quickly. He’s usually a black hole with the ball, holds it until the 24 second clock is about to expire before gunning or passing. That’s not going to work with this group.

        • Jerard Wright

          I think Kobe’s BBall IQ and seeing SA do what they did last year will make him become an active passer-when guys run their routes and move without the ball. But wait a minute, Kobe always did that when guys moved without the basketball to get a higher percentage shot. You don’t win 5 rings without knowing when to pass the ball to an open scoring teammate.

          • Zach

            Well having 5 rings doesn’t prove you can do everything to perfection, as Horry has 7 and Sam Jones has 10. Kobe claims his game has evolved, guess we’ll find out soon. Should be interesting.

          • Jerard Wright

            Right, it doesn’t prove perfection but those other guys that you mentioned who’ve won more rings we’re part of teams that knew their roles, adjusted their strengths for the will of the team and personified their roles at critical moments.

          • Chrmngblly

            I think it is Scott that has to smell the coffee. Kobe can and will do what is asked of him, if someone lays out a plan. He did everything including kiss Dwight’s ass 2 years ago. Maybe he didn’t use enough tongue. Whatever.

            I too, am weary of seeing Kobe try to shoot through cold streaks and throw up brick after brick. He lost us as many games as he won us during some stretches. But if others can prove they can carry more of the load, I think Scott will nip that in the bud and the ball will find the hot hand, as it should.

            Is the Princeton a good offense for this group of total strangers? I don’t know. I hope there is a Princeton-lite they can start with. What does SA run?

  • Fred Melendez

    the clowns from espn forgot about how sh$%ty the rockets are gonna be go talk crap over there

  • Sep Tari

    Kobe is gonna be elite!! Believe that!! He WILL surprise the shit out of everybody, I’m calling it now. a prediction for steve nash… is another story. Although I hope he can come back and contribute, its highly likely hes gonna have health issues. wish we had a versatile SF.. wes johnson brings the energy, defense and athleticism and is decent at shooting the 3. I hope randle can impress and earn the starting SF spot. the coach is probably gonna look to start with the best defenders for the most part. Also, we are lacking at the center position. Jordan Hill is respectable, but I dont know how elite his game will be as the starting center. and for back up we got sacre.. who is only half decent at offense so I hope Scott pushes him to improve more defensively. Nick Young will get us a lot of buckets.. the most in 3s! Boozer can average his double double, him and hill would get lots of rebounds for us along with Ed Davis, the underrated defender, who needs to break out into beast mode in the spotlight. If you watched last season, you xavier henry beast it up too when he’s in the zone! I really like the all point guards, especially if nash is healthy. I diggin Linsanity and the rookie Jordan Clarkson who has shown that he is hungry to make a name for himself.

    • rick

      LOL kobe will be kobe. 23ppg on 42% shooting. the only surprise will be he doesnt get injured. the guy has so many miles on his knees i doubt they hold up. in this game, after 30, you dont get better with age. that is a statistical fact.

      • independentbynature

        Like I said above,you’re an idiot.My apologies to all other idiots for lumping you in with them.It’s quite an insult.

        • rick

          lol. and you cant see the forest from the trees.

          • independentbynature

            You can’t see the trees from under your troll bridge.

        • rick

          im surprised you took issue with this post though. im curious, do you have a thought about my reply….like maybe a rebuttal? show some intelligence and explain to me why my comment above is so wrong. its cool to have an opinion, but attacking someone because they believe something different than you…kinda childish.

          • independentbynature

            My thought about your post is this;I’ve been told not to feed the trolls.But,I just can’t help it when they look as pitifully hungry for attention as you do.So,ever being the good samaritan that I am,I gave you what you were trolling for.Was it everything you hoped for trollboy?

          • rick

            once again, you dodged the topic.. you like that word troll alot…what was that old addage, “takes one to know one”? coward.

          • independentbynature

            Are your feelings hurt because I don’t take your trolling comments serious enough for debate?You are my topic little trollboy.I have over 1600 comments on this site.You have 100.I’ve been a Lakers fan since before you were born.I’ve been to more games than you’ve watched on your TV.You are the pathetic little loser on this site for Lakers fans,bashing the Lakers.Not me.As for being a coward,I’d be ecstatic to meet you face2face and teach you some respect whenever you please.If you’re feeling froggy,jump,little cyber hero.I never say anything here that I wouldn’t say to your face.And there wouldn’t be a damn thing you could do about it,little boy,besides making puddles at your feet in fear.

          • rick

            wait a second…youre over 46 and you talk like this? every other word is troll because you think thats going to help your cause with your pals here. and there you go threatening me over the internet. wow. i can see ive wasted my time with you here because all you do is talk shit. you cant formulate one intelligent reply.

          • independentbynature

            Are you still whining from under your bridge?You made no intelligent comments to warrant an intelligent reply.Then you call me a coward while you hide behind your computer.You’ve wasted your time trolling this site.Hard to believe how truly stupid you are.My only “cause” here is to exchange ideas about the Lakers with other fans who share my passion for them.You are just an ignorant Lakers bashing troll.I seek no approval from friend (pals) or foe.I just call it like I see it.That’s why I call you a cowardly little troll.I see you.And don’t let my age bother you.I can still teach respect in the gym,on the street or on the internet,which is the only place you talk shit,no doubt.

          • independentbynature

            Oh,and you forgot to log out before you gave yourself an up vote.How pitiful…..

      • hookedonnews

        Actually that’s not a fact. Steve Nash had his best years after he was 30.

        • Chrmngblly

          Finally. You finally said something cool…:-) How are you Hook?

          • hookedonnews

            In shock that you actually agree with something I said.

          • Chrmngblly

            I know it must have been an accident, some sort of verbal slip up or other….

      • Thomas Klein

        Rick, do us all a favor and kindly remove yourself from this site, we don’t need lying stinking vermin like you posting here. Is that clear, I hope I didn’t sugar coat it too much.

  • Jon Revoir

    All these so-called ESPN experts are saying is that the team has been undergoing more changes than any other team and so chemistry will not happen overnight. Duh.

  • Ido Amir

    ESPN are ridiculous. Lakers brought in a lot of low-paid players, who all seem like they can have the right attitude. There’s no question who’s the leader of this pack, so I don’t see any risk of ego wars with this roster…

    What the HECK are ESPN “experts” basing their “predictions” on?? Besides an obvious hatred towards this franchise, that is. I have a feeling hatred alone shouldn’t really affect professional prediction. But what do I know? If you hate’em, predict they will suck! That’s the way to get a job with respectable news organizations, I guess.

    Just a thought, ESPN “experts”: You REALLY think the LAKERS will have MORE turmoil than the ROCKETS?? That laughable “team” from Texas, who has 2 self-proclaimed “cornerstones” who are “so elite” they eat separately from that “bunch of replaceable pieces” whose names they probably don’t even know, known to all other NBA teams as “teammates”? That “team” with its buffoon for a coach, who throws his players under the bus to save his unworthy @ss that doesn’t know how to call Time-Out in a critical game situation? That “team” that talks, talks, talks, but when it’s money time, directs all its assets/trade chips/role players to give the ball to a 24 year old grown-baby egomaniac, who takes 30 shots a game at 30% FGP, flops as a main offensive weapon, plays no D, and can’t get his org to win more than 2 playoff games in a season (well, if JLin wasn’t there, actually it would be ZERO games last year. And that’s a theme alert.)? You REALLY think the Lakers will have more turmoil than the Rockets? Your hatred blinds you. Or you are just plain stupid. Or both. Let’s not rule out both.

    Oh, and one more thing: ESPN, NBA keep ignoring Jeremy Lin.

    That will backfire. Big-time.

    • rick

      those experts are far more knowledgeable than you are. after the first 6 weeks of the season, watch and see how kobe creates that turmoil like he has for most of his career. how could you not expect it? like kobe always does, he will blame his teammates for their lack of energy on the court.

      • independentbynature

        You’re an idiot.The turmoil is all in your Lakers hating excuse for a brain.

        • rick

          im a lakers hater? oh hell no. im a laker lover. i just know that this current team is going to suck for the next few years. its not rocket science to figure that out. you guys are delusional if you think otherwise. ive celebrated 10 titles in my years. and they have all been glorious.

          • independentbynature

            You’re a self-lover.Not a Lakers lover.And you’re an idiot.

          • oa92000

            ” i just know that this current team is going to suck”..rick, you know nothing

      • DKWTTY

        Oh God another hater has found his way to LAKERS Nation.

        • Chrmngblly

          Oooooooh Baby…..hello, hunni bunni…

      • Laker truth

        Dude that’s like saying every news anchor is smarter than the average guy ………….. It’s so amazing how people doubt kobe as well, like really think back or forward but try and think about something you we’re passionate about then compare that to how passionate kobe is about basketball ask your self do you really think someone who cares that much about his skill/talent/calling/profession will become a turmoil to his team and himself ….

      • Ido Amir

        What you are ACTUALLY saying, Rick, is NOT that ESPN “experts” are far more knowledgeable than me, but that they, AND YOU, know much more than me. That’s because you put yourself as a critic of both them and me, and YOU decide who’s right/wrong.

        See, I DON’T care “who’s smarter” or “who knows more”. What I write is my opinion, and I DO NOT presume to predict the future (which would really the only thing I’d see as a pretentiously silly thing to try to do, if we’re talking about being smart of knowledgeable…).

        I just try to stay positive when possible, and not predict the worst, if possible. And that’s what I did above.

      • Thomas Klein

        Please elaborate on how Kobe has caused turmoil his WHOLE career, be specific, give examples. times, dates, circumstances , Otherwise STFU.

    • DKWTTY

      Probably Kobe. Probably think since this squad isn’t good that Kobe will demand too much of them, get on their case and thus the turmoil begins.

    • 1mtoldman

      nice to see the legendary idor amir still active; i first learned about the bad situation of jeremy lin in houston from your writing and i think you still had the best take on why it was so. gotta agree with you on espn too. im sure you get a lot of haters for being so forthrite in getting to the root of issues that some people would prefer to deny and dismiss.

      • Ido Amir

        Wow.. :) Such a flattering compliment man! Thank you!
        I’m glad you found my analysis of what happened to JLin in Houston relevant. And I can say I got a pretty meaningful confirmation that I was not far from the truth, in how I saw the big picture…

        I try to understand the truth, and tell it the way I see it. When it comes to basketball, and anything else in life.

        Thank you again for the very warm words!

    • pwizo

      so much truth

  • lakers32

    its easy…if everyone stays healthy this team is talented enough to compete for a playoff spot. we have to be lucky in this area which we haven’t been lucky for a couple of years now and has led to our demise.

  • CORKY CARROLL

    ESPN (Especially Stupid Punk Nerds) “Experts?” Put these guys and Barkley in the same room, or is he one of them, and we might as well give up right now. BUT WE WON’T. the Mamba is back, anything can happen.

  • Benny the Retard

    I remember in the beginning 2008 season not even the most elite NBA analyst predicted the Lakers heading to the NBA Finals. Can’t see the Lakers doing worse than last season. D’Antoni was all scattered brains. Scott should have a system much better than the previous coach

    • Jerard Wright

      I remember even out here in 2007-08 LA with pussheads like Steve Hartman and Fred Roggin putting their obnoxious two cents in and proclaiming that Kobe’s ‘demands’ -to win another championship- will hurt the team and that they won’t make the playoffs. And I remember thinking, “Are these guys serious?” Kobe wants to win and these pussheads are complaining about him demanding the FO and his team mates to take it seriously? I mean, what’s the worse that would happen if the team took it seriously, they win more games, they get to the playoffs, (gasps) they reach the finals and possibly win?

  • Matt Williams

    F**K ESPN!

  • Cherie Chevalier-Smith

    How stupid. The writer obviously doesn’t know the Lakers well.

  • independentbynature

    I’m predicting that ESPN will have more turmoil on their broadcast than TNT.They will have to replace their number one Lakers hater,Bill(the mouth of the Celtics) Simmons with someone new.Who knows if this new Lakers hater will get along with his fellow Lakers haters on the broadcast.If he or she doesn’t hate the Lakers as much as his/her colleagues does,there will definitely be turmoil.I mean,what would happen if this new “anal-yst,”actually said something accurate or God forbid,positive about the Lakers.That would be big-time turmoil.Stay tuned for updates to this dramatic story as it unfolds.

    • rick

      have you ever said anything positive? lets look at your recent posts…….nope, all you do is complain about what someone else said and then post garbage like this above because you cant respect someone elses opinion. and then you attack them, and me. i expect nothing different from you on this post as well.

      • independentbynature

        I’m happy to give you what you were trolling for little Lakers hating trollboy.Some attention that you must be starving for.Isn’t that why you’re here?You got one thing right.I don’t respect you or your opinion.

  • DKWTTY

    I predict that within the next month ESPN will say something negative about the Lakers. Whew that was easy, maybe I can go work for them if that’s all they do.

  • https://twitter.com/ybpaperchaser Rich Kid Yellaboy

    I think they be Lucky to make the 8th seed

  • hookedonnews

    I don’t see any reason to believe there is going to be major turmoil on this team. I don’t know why there would be conflict. The only player who has a history of that is Kobe. His relationship with Scott would seem to mitigate against that.

  • purp& goldpride

    So Rick, Zach & “clippersrunla” are the same person? Who trolls a rivals website…..we in this bishhhhh

    • independentbynature

      They are definitely part of the same troll family.A perfect example of the dangers of inbreeding.

    • DKWTTY

      They all write the same way and say the same things. Of course they’re the same person.

    • vdogg

      ugh. you guys need to stop responding to these idiots, whether they’re all the same woman or not. stop going for the cheese.

      • independentbynature

        I like cheese……..

  • Alex Amerling

    I really don’t see these players hating each other. and when will you learn to stop posting BSPN predictions here? They will always be anti Laker.

  • jrock99

    Lakers will suck hard this year! Kobe the rapist will suffer.

  • Lamda

    Their schedule to start the season is brutal. Kobe will focus on passing Jordan’s scoring record by X-mas day and if their record is horrible he will find a way to avoid being a part of the sinking ship by the all-star break. Don’t believe me, go look at that schedule packed with legit playoff bound teams…if they start 2-8, with no respite in sight, it will get ugly. fast. We will know if they’re team tank by January.

  • CDog

    This will be Jeremy Lin’s team. Just stay focused Laker Fans. Koby will finally let the game come to him if he wants the ball and if he wants to play and play well. By not forcing the issue he will be able to come back and help team win games. If he tries to force it he’ll probably get injured and career likely over. Next season is a new season and new era of basketball for Lakers.

  • RussinSactown

    Of course Cleveland will be as peaceful as a tranquil mountain pond according to ESPN AKA The LeBron Marketing Network

    • Ken Cheng

      Formerly known as the Jordan Marketing Network. :)

  • Dino Madness

    The season will be highly dependent on the health of Kobe and Nash. I hope that Nash can finally get it together and play one good season because if he can’t everyone will remember all the draft picks we gave up and the number one pick we have to give up at the end of the season to Phoenix. It could get real ugly for Nash specially since he chose not to medically retire which cost the Lakers 9.7 mil in cap room.

    • Jerard Wright

      I think the key to Nash’s health is making him a spot up outside shooter with limited minutes. Nash is a great shooter along with being a playmaker so I think that is the smart role to take. Have him curl off screens, run pick and pops. He doesn’t need to be the ultimate floor general just provide needed bench lift in scoring 9-15 points a game off the bench.

      • Dino Madness

        I’m actually hoping this is the year he has a good year with the Lakers if they don’t trade back to Phoenix.

  • Ken Cheng

    Wait…has there even been the slightest *rumor* yet that the Lakers players and coaches can’t get along and work together? Even the slightest hint of it? Where in the name of John Naismith is ESPN getting this “most turmoil” nonsense from?

    ESPN wants to pretend that it’s still 2012 or 2013. Well, why don’t we pretend it’s 2009 or 2010 then, eh?

  • Kishan

    ESPN is all shit … they don’t even have Kobe Bryant, Beal or Derozen in the top 10 SG in the league for the upcoming season

  • 3339

    all espn does is talk about Lebron, Johnny Football, gay athletes, and much they think the Lakers will suck.

  • Mariano tatlong hari

    ESPN ‘s forecast that the Lakers will end us 12th place Western conference 2014-2015.. that is baloney.. ! A lot of thing can happen. What was ESPN forecast on the last NBA season, they predicted Miami for another championship ring. Never did they include Spur to win..

  • 1mtoldman

    im kind of slow to figureing out the mechanics of disqus and these sort of sites and one thing i discoverd with someone help is if you hover over the picture u can see how many times someone has posted something and what i notice is that a lot of the negative comments the rude comments the comments that dont make any sense or are just vulgar or hating come from people who have only made a few posts. most of the veteran posters someone who has botehred to be around and been able to be around without getting driven off are worth reading; of course there are alwasy new posters who are legitimate everyone has to start sometime but i think often those with few posts are just old trolls in new names as is suggested further below. as to espn i value the service they provide in giving access to sports but their commentators are well known as drek not worth reading. i usually just go strait to the comments section if there is a topic im interested in.

  • pwizo

    Jeremy lin will lead this team to the playoffs. kobe and lins heart is strong.

  • Thomas Klein

    OK, so what is it with ESPN’s distain for the Lakers.
    In the last month, we have had ESPN articles about Kobe being washed up (Expectations for Kobe), a long rocky road for Randle to acclimate to the NBA (Julius Randle in Lakers spotlight), another article about Randle projected to be 5th in ROY voting, The lakers to finish 12th in the pacific, Boozer as the WORST addition in the NBA, and now this article projecting turmoil and strife.

    Jeeze, at least TRY to be objective.

    • 1mtoldman

      hmm from yer list i guess you haven’t seen yet their shooting guards projections. . see my comments below on quality of espn commentary.

  • Brent

    Lakers front office did not plan on going after anybody. If they were Kobe would not be making 24m. Also they would of had a team to sell the FA. If you have nothing there what does the FA base his decision upon. Since Buss died the current front office track record is suspect. Doubtful that they had a real chance at anyone because they were not prepared.

    • vdogg

      completely untrue. having cap space is one thing. getting a player to change teams is another.

  • RickFlash

    Surprise!!!!! ESPN hating on the Lakers AGAIN!!!! I’m Shocked!!!!

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