I know it has been a while since I have posted to this blog (my apologies Christy). To be perfectly honest I do have a reason: I have found it extremely difficult to watch the Lakers the last few weeks. The games have been so brutal that it is hard to find the will and the energy to both find them online and stay up until 1 in the morning just to watch them lose.
The other night my friend Abi convinced me to put on the Bulls game since it had gone to overtime. By the time I found the game I just caught the game winning shot. That’s right, my only image of that game was Harris laying it in with virtually no one stopping him. I have complained about the Lakers defense all season long so I am not surprised that it was their downfall yet again. However, here is the kicker, I am not going to use this post to complain.
I hate those blogs that simply whine without offering constructive criticism, and since I am not going to offer constructive criticism I will not whine. I said in the beginning of the season that we would be mediocre and I was upset that we would go down that road. With back-to-back summers of epic free agency and deep drafts it seemed illogical not to play that game. Sure we are opening up cap space but that seems like a lost pursuit. Honestly I do not think we have a great shot at getting “Super Star” quality free agents. The fit doesn’t seem to be there, but we may have a shot at a few solid role players. Instead, I think we have a great shot of getting some great draft picks if we play our cards right.
I know it isn’t the Lakers way to tank a season and get a top pick. Normally our GM works some magic and makes a trade. However, times have changed. People hate giving us good players because they hate seeing us win. If you don’t believe me just look back a couple of years ago when David Stern nixed our Chris Paul trade because the other owners were mad that we got him. Therefore, I think it is extremely unlikely that anyone will give us a draft pick, especially since we have nothing to offer. Anyone want a 40 year old point guard who can’t go a game without hurting himself?
Now I know that Lakers fans are hoping for a resurgence like last year. They want the team to go together go on a tear to squeeze into the playoffs. However, I would like to remind those fans that we got swept last year in an embarrassing fashion. I just don’t see the point in getting to the playoffs if you know you don’t have a shot.
I am going to be completely honest. Looking at a best case scenario of everyone being healthy and playing with great chemistry, we still lose in the first round. We simply aren’t talented enough. I appreciate this team and the fact that they leave it all on the floor. These boys play with all their heart and that is something that his been missing in our diva team for a while. However, heart only goes so far. We saw on the Christmas day game that even though they played so hard and managed to disrupt the Big 3, they could not win the game because Miami is more talented.
That is why I am going to end this blog on a bittersweet note. I want us to keep losing and go for a top pick. They are cheaper and don’t have the egos of the more established players in the NBA. Also, they are probably more likely to let Kobe continue to run the team for a couple of more years (if his health permits). I have hope in this regard. After all, if there is one thing D’Antoni is good at doing, it is losing.