Lakers Need Results, And Time is Running out in Los Angeles

Lakers Need Results, And Time is Running out in Los Angeles


Kobe BryantRemember that team that had one of the greatest offseasons in NBA history?

Remember that team that was supposed to finish the 2012-13 regular season with 73 wins?

What about the team that was so talented it would have no problem winning the Western Conference?

Well people, the Los Angeles Lakers are nowhere close to championship form and the team that was supposed to dominate the league is in the same class as constant lottery bound squads like the Sacramento Kings and the Phoenix Suns.

In fact the Lakers have relinquished their title as the best team in the state of California. Actually, they’re not even the best team in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Clippers are head and shoulders ahead of the Lakers in terms of playoff preparation and the Golden State Warriors have had a much better season than the putrid 15-21 Lakers.

The Lakers are six games under .500 and the threat of missing the playoffs is real— there is a good chance the Lakers end up watching the post-season from home.

Before all you fans use the “16 championship banners” argument to knock down the notion that the Clippers and Warriors are better than the Lakers, keep this in mind, records don’t lie. No one is neglecting the incredible history behind the Lakers franchise and all they have accomplished over the years. However, just because the Lakers were dominant in years prior doesn’t make them better than two teams that are well ahead of them in the Pacific Division.

At this point of the season, the Lakers cannot use their championship pedigree to instill fear into opponents or demand respect whenever they hit the court. Truth is, the Lakers are not a good team and it is very disappointing seeing a roster with so much talent struggle to win games.

After the Lakers’ Wednesday night loss to the San Antonio Spurs, people were praising the Lakers for their valiant effort and all passion they played the game with. Fans and analysts were happy with hustle and grit the Lakers showed against the Spurs, but at this time of the year, the Lakers cannot afford any more “moral victories.”

Perhaps early on in the process the coaching staff would have been happy with great intensity in a losing effort, but not anymore. The Lakers are falling behind the other Western Conference teams and before you know it, pandemonium will ensue in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles shouldn’t be proud that it played with heart and energy in a game it ends up losing. Whether the Lakers lose by 45 points or four, a loss is a loss and playing with intensity will not change the record. Even if the Lakers pull together an amazing second half comeback, if the surge falls short, the team will still drop another precious game in the competitive Western Conference.

Time is running out for the Los Angeles Lakers and they cannot settle for “moral victories.” Although those types of losses can indeed help a team with its confidence, at the end of the day, the record will be the same no matter if the margin of defeat is in the high twenties or in the single digits.

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  • Rod Milton

    Hold up. Let’s take things into perspective here. Lakers are ONLY 15-21. Meaning..they’re ONLY 6 games behind the loss column. They’re only 6 games from the eighth seed. Five from the seventh seed. Seven from the 6th seed. Eight from the 5th seed. And nine from the 4th seed. Point is..the playoff picture is far from over. Lakers need to take care of the teams they need to beat. I’m not worried about Houston, Denver, Golden State, or Portland…esp come playoff time. They’ve already proven that they can hang with the Clippers & San Antonio in their bad day. They haven’t even played their best ball yet so Imagine what happens if they all of a sudden clique?? Lakers record is the way it is because of poor management…not talent. And if they do miss the playoffs this year that’ll mean they have a potential first round pick in next years draft.

    • hookedonnews

      They have already dealt that draft pick. Their record is the result of injuries, coaching and system changes, and not enough time together with everyone healthy. I agree that there’s still time, but they need to get everyone back on the court. The loss of Jordan is not going to help.

  • David

    reading this article makes me wanna think its the end of the world or oh no its too late we are dead, give the guys some break and credit its not like their 0-37 right now their 16-21, ive been a solid fan and supporter of the team since fifth grade since kobe went to the bench raising his right hand to the crowd and pointing at his empty finger getting the ring way back in 2000.. been there since watching through ups and downs every win and every lose, no way in hell ill be saying those words at them, they don’t need that right now, the least you could do is watch and clap your hands at evrygame for them, not this… geez man! really wow…