Juronimo wrote:My answer:
We're just not that good. Despite the big names, we're a bad team.
I've been saying this since last summer to some degree. The "games" that made the names "Names" are a thing of the past as well.
Fans associating the 2006 version of these guys with the current version is the source of most of the confusion of why we're not winning 70 games and "dominating" IMO. Only Howard is near the top of his total game and he's only been there 10% of the season. Pau is a shell of his 2008 self as is Nash. Kobe is still Kobe but even the most die-hard Laker fan has to admit that he's not close to his 2008 self either.
When you add it up we have a slow team of former "Alphas" that are finding it difficult to change their stripes. They have been supported by a bench that has no scorer and is extremely inconsistent as well.
Not dumping Pau in the offseason for a top flight SF and/or a scoring guard off the bench has been the biggest mistake we've made on a personnel front. He hasn't fit from day one and has declined to the point where our return will not be good....
I think the FO would have traded Pau if they could, I just don't think any team wanted to pay $38 million for the corpse of Pau. I can't say I blame them.
You're right, all of our players are years past their prime. Kobe and Nash are 6 years past their primes. Pau is 3 years past his prime and a shell of himself. Ron is 4 years past his prime, he can still D but his offense is miss and hit, and Dwight is recovering from back surgery. Our primary bench scorer is 6 years past his prime and the rest of the bench is horribly inconsistent. The bench that doesn't play are d leaguers.
We lack youth, or should I say youthful talent. Our vets are too old to play at a high level consistently, and are overpaid, making trades difficult. Older players are also more injury prone, which we've seen this season.
I think coming into this season, because of the names, we all thought we had a contending team, but we didn't accept the reality that these names are all old or injured. Combine that with our coaching issues and we have ourselves a bad team.