raviator wrote:Thing is, are the Lakers really going to be that bad? Looking at this from another perspective, we still have Gasol one the best skilled big men in the league, we have Nash albeit old when somewhat healthy is still a deadly pick and roll artist and shooter who knows how to take care of himself, and we'll have Kobe coming back sometime in November/December more determined than ever. Granted all three are coming off injury but with a whole summer to heal, who's to say this team won't make some noise? Yes we just lost Howard while a defensive monster, he's not a difference maker on the offensive end. Also we still have Hill-yes also coming off injury-plug him into the starting lineup and you still have rebounding, hustle and a measure of defense. I'm not saying this team is a championship team, not by any stretch, but if we recall last year we had quite possibly the worst injury riddle season in history and still squeaked into the 7th spot in the playoffs. Of course then the injuries came to a head and that's all she wrote.
With a training camp, a chance for guys to familiarize themselves with each other, and some injury free good fortune, I still have confidence this team can still compete at an elite level. Maybe I'm looking at this whole thing with a glass half full mentality maybe a little too much, but with the personnel we still have, I just don't see how this team is going to be as bad as what everyone is making them out to be. Then 2014 will hit and who knows.... My two cents anyway.
OK, reality check here. First. Last year we had Earl Clark, Chris Duhon and Antawn Jamison play crucial roles in lifting the team at different times last year. These guys are all gone. Second, we had Bynum with Gasol and Kobe before Dwight, now that will be Ryan Kelly or Robert Sacre. Third, Kobe, Gasol AND Nash are all coming off of injuries that are more about long term wear and tear (old bodies breaking down ala Tracy McGrady, Manu Ginobili, than they were about fluke plays. Lastly, the two examples you gave were also with benches that are HUGELY more talented than what we will have this season. Honestly, we are looking at d-league level players for our back up SG, SF, PF, C...not to mention our “reserves”, who will probably be Darius Morris, Earl Watson and Ryan Kelly. We won't win 35 games next year.
The End is nigh. Time for a total Cut and Shuffle. Kobe contract was a mistake...time to avoid making more. The future is here, whether we want it to be or not. An era is over, but for the death rattle, and it's time for the cycle to begin anew. Growth and change are scary and painful, but alas...nothing worth achieving comes easily.