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Sunday’s disaster notwithstanding, Mike Brown’s D could turn the Lakers into a solid team. That’s OK for you, Laker faithful, isn’t it? Isn’t it?

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Another perfect Laker season shot to hell….

I hope this doesn’t come as a shock, but this won’t be one of those seasons with the talk show hosts saying this could be the greatest Laker team ever as soon as it wins two in a row.

This is more like seasons when the talk show hosts say the Lakers should tank the season to get into the lottery.

No, really, the Lakers have had seasons like that, just not lately.

Actually, before blowing Sunday’s opener, they showed enough to suggest they may become a solid team with Coach Mike Brown’s emphasis on defense.

Either because of Brown’s new scheme, or because Derrick Rose, who took 12 shots, pulled back to let teammates do more, hoping to avoid becoming a grease spot by spring, the Lakers held Chicago to 88 points… and two in the first 7:47 of the fourth quarter when they went up by 11 with 3:45 left.

I know, I know, it hurts too much to go any farther with play-by-play….

Unfortunately for the Lakers, no one around here cares about “solid.”

If the team is merely respectable, it’ll be up to its neck in anguish with fingers pointing at Jerry Buss, Jim Buss, Mitch Kupchak, Mike Brown, Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum, Luke Walton, and, despite his beatific name, Metta World Peace.

This will be a struggle, all the way to the March 15 trade deadline, when the Lakers hope to reload….

Yes, even if Jim Buss just told the Times’ T.J. Simers:

“I think we have a championship team, and that’s without making another move.

“… I don’t understand the thinking that we need saving as a franchise. We have three All-Stars, and we need saving?”

Here’s the thinking, Jimbo:

If you can get Dwight Howard or Deron Williams, better do it, even if you think you already have a championsip team.

Unfortunately for the still-champions-in-their-mind Lakers, they turned out to need saving from themselves, at least, in Sunday’s opener.

Managing not to grind his teeth after playing a key role in blowing it, Bryant said he saw “a lot of positives, a lot, a lot of positives.”

The Kobester barely noted that he and they had blown the game.

As for the emotional blow after their horrific pre-season (having Chris Paul taken away, seeing him go to the Clippers after they withdrew from trade talks to pursue Howard, giving Lamar Odom away, seeing Dwight yanked off the market)… there wasn’t one?

“No,” said Bryant, and nothing else, dismissing the absurd notion as if it was the farthest thing from his mind.

Actually, it was an emotional blow to a team that had been hammered for weeks.

The clearest sign was the absence of Fisher, who was still holed up when team officials chased the press out of the otherwise empty dressing room.

In good times and bad and worse, it has been Fisher who provided the only responsive answers to whatever was going on.

This one was so tough for (after more months of exhausting labor talks in which he would be vilified as a pigeon for the owners), even Fish couldn’t put in an appearance to note the sun would come out tomorrow.

It did by the way. I checked.

That means it’s Monday and the Lakers have another game, in Sacramento!

Of course, if they lost that, they’ll know the dimensions of the problem are even greater than they feared, which was already scary enough.

Nevertheless, as Lakers veterans can tell you, they’ve been to more than one rodeo… at least when the Laker veterans are all back to talking.

They may well be able to hang in there until March 15 when Dwight and D-Will should be on the market for real.

Hopefully for the Lakers, Bynum will be healthy and productive at that point, giving them a young player the Magic or Nets might take if they have to choose between fire-sale offers.

In other words, buckle up, Laker fans.

The good old days from 2008-2011 are over.

This is about trying to set things up so more good old days lie ahead, and nothing is promised them.

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Mark Heisler, 2006 winner of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame's Curt Gowdy Award, writes for Sheridanhoops.com, HoopsHype.com, TruthDig.com and Huffingtonpost.com, as well as Lakers Nation. | Follow @MarkHeisler

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  • Keith Manembu

    I beg to differ, though the Lakers have lost three of its first games this season, they are some visible improvement from the team that got swept by Dallas last season. The the team defense is top-notch, players are active. You can tell that that was the emphasize on their practice.

    As for the personel, though McRoberts and Troy is not a better player overall than Odom, I believe they put more efforts on the floor than Odom did, to me he in yesterday’s game he showed a willingness to learn and get better. I think that’s something to be excited about. Losing Brown is also not a good thing, but if you look at it in the bigger picture..they got an upgrade in Troy and Goudelock, because though we might have loss the human highlight real, we have better players and bigger players to get mixed up with the dynamic therefore enable us to spread the floor more, and run different offensive schemes.

    Trading Howard is also not the answer, and yes I said it. I believe people tend to overlook how tall Gasol and Bynum are, and yes if you look at their profile..they are taller than Howard. Lakers will always run their play through Kobe, so the Lakers will only need the bigs to rebound, defence, and play good pick and roll. I would go with two 7 footers anytime, against and athletic 6-10/6-11s, because they are better in clogging the paint.

    I know that they don’t look good against the Clippers, that’s only because the Clippers have Chris Paul honestly, and Kobe didn’t really played like how he played last night. If anything is the point guard position ONLY that need to be upgraded, and this only goes to Fisher because Blake played a solid game last night. And Fisher also not because he is that bad, but only because his feet just not going to be able to keep up with young players like Paul. And yes I said SOLID because I do care about SOLID because that’s what it takes for a team to win. Last night was just an unfortunate sequence for the Lakers at the end and the Bulls were able to capitalized. Props to D Rose and their Defence for that, after all they are supposed to be a tough defensive team right? If anything it was a good learning lesson for Lakers.

    This season, while on paper the Lakers doesn’t look like they can win it all..based on two PRESEASON games and one unfortunate loss, I believe that they have a lot of room to improve. Honestly, they were dominating the whole game yesterday. I am truly excited for this Lakers team!

  • http://twitter.com/John_LakersRule John

    I’ve been a Lakers fan for 17 years and i will always stand by them, these past couple of weeks it’s been painful to watch them. But one thing i’ve noticed is that with each game and in such a short time they keep looking better and better. Who the hell would expect this from this Lakers team i know i didn’t. Even though i’m about to make three statements that might sounds nuts to some i wholeheartedly believe it WILL happen. First the Lakers will acquire howard sometime along the season, second the clippers will implode, and third the lakers will win the NBA championship.

    • Mark

      illusions of grandeur.

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