The Los Angeles Lakers will be just fine. They are currently 9-10, and are in 8th place in the Western Conference.
Because of the off-season acquisitions of Steve Nash and Dwight Howard, the expectations for Los Angeles were set too high, and they haven’t been able to live up to the hype.
A team adds two All-Stars in the off-season, couples them with an established superstar, struggles early, and gets doubted by the entire NBA fan-base. Sound familiar?
If that situation does sound familiar, it’s probably because of the Miami Heat, who brought LeBron James and Chris Bosh to South Beach to play alongside Dwyane Wade. James won his first NBA championship in 2011-12 in just his second season in Miami, adding regular season and finals MVP trophies to his illustrious trophy case. The Heat are currently 12-4 and are in second place in the Eastern Conference in 2012-13, and are one of most dominant teams in the league.
In James/Wade/Bosh’s first 52 games together in 2010-11, the Heat went 25-27. In the end Miami finished up at 47-35, and went all the way to the NBA finals but lost to the Dallas Mavericks.
The lesson here is that building a team takes time; putting a squad together is quick, but making it work offensively, defensively, and in the locker room takes time. The same could be said for the Lakers.
With Bryant, Howard, and Nash at full health, the Lakers will be a force to be reckoned with. Western Conference teams had better watch out in the post season, because this LA team is not one that was constructed for the regular season. Come playoff time, the “Lakeshow” will be in full effect.