First the Fat Boys break up, now the Los Angeles Lakers are falling apart. Quite literally, in fact. The breaking news out of Lakers headquarters today just reported that both Dwight Howard (torn labrum in shoulder) and Pau Gasol (concussion) are out indefinitely. Add to the fact that Jordan Hill is also sitting with a hip injury, and it’s clear that heads are definitely spinning right now around LA, and well, everywhere.
The first week of 2013 certainly has been unkind to the Lakers. The team just took the L last night to the Denver Nuggets 112-105, the Lakers’ second loss to Denver in less than two weeks, their third straight defeat overall and their fourth in five games. All bad, son.
Then there is today’s Twitter talk about an alleged New Year’s Day blowup between Kobe Bryant and Dwight. Sources later tried to say the reports were bogus. Maybe so, but Kobe has been a madman in the media of late. Pau has been openly sulking at his situation. And Dwight has been on TMZ buying Orlando Magic hats and sounding like, well, the Dwight we’ve come to know and loathe. All this adds up to one fine mess, a downward spiral of losses, and now injuries to boot. Not to mention Earvin “Magic” Johnson instigated everything with his hourly thoughts on Twitter on all things purple and gold.
With all this turmoil and the fact that the Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, and Oklahoma City Thunder all on tap for the week, what is the over/under on coach Mike D’Antoni at this point? This is an utter embarrassment for Jim Buss. Or maybe it’s like Mike Brown Unchained. Either way, you can’t call Phil Jackson at this point, not after you dissed him in such a public manner.
So now what? Something’s got to give.
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