This is a SHAME! The Atlanta Hawks?? We're chasing after the No. 1 seed, and we're having trouble beating the Atlanta Hawks? We Laker fans must admit this is FAR from a championship team. Championship teams don't miss free throws down the stretch, play pourous defense and consistently allow sorry teams the opportunity to beat us. Who cares if we had no Kobe or Karl, this game should have been no obstacle being that we have Houston tommorow night but NOOOOO! Now the pressure is on Kobe to help us get a win tommrow because besides opening night The Lakers have proven that they can barely get it done without Bryant. (Despite the fact that he gets REAMED for ditching his lazy teammates and going at it alone, after tonight, can anyone blame him?)
When we won our 3 titles I had confidence that we could step up and win statement games. That confidence is gone as The Lakers have answered NO CHALLANEGES so far this year and we're in March. How long are we Laker fans going to wait for something that may not be coming, Shaq ain't scoring 40 just because next month is April, The Laker defense will not get tighter because next month is April, etc., etc.
Maybe, maybe, they just aren't that good! Inconsistencies, poor defense and no desire is the evidence. Sorry, one TRUE Laker fan had to say it!
It's a shame my first post has come to this but hey, I have a feeling I'll be making many more like these before things get better.