The Los Angles Lakers are not a championship team and they should be, but what are they missing? They need more energy and the players on the court are not getting the job done. People believe it’s the relationship between Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard, but what about the other players on the floor? They are not challenging shots and they are not passing the ball well down the stretch and that makes it very difficult to win games at an NBA level.
The Lakers are missing a player who can come and get the dirty work done. They need somebody to show some real grit on the floor. Throw some elbows, get a technical here and there and challenge every single pass and every single shot. They look slow out there and have given up more fast break points than anybody in the league. So, where’s the hustle?
Right now, it seems like the Lakers think they are better than they are and that’s true, but the NBA doesn’t respect them anymore, so more and more teams are challenging them and they are not getting the calls from the officials they are use to. Kobe use to get calls from people looking at him wrong, but now he isn’t even getting whistles when there are actual fouls.
The Lakers need a player like Brooklyn Nets PF Reggie Evans. He doesn’t do much offensively, but he plays only 20 minutes a game and still averages almost 10 rebounds. He doesn’t seem like he cares about offense and plays defense on both sides of the court, going after rebounds and keeping possessions alive. On Sunday against the Miami Heat, the Lakers were out rebounded by team that is 30th in the league in that particular category. Albeit, the Heat were shooting “lights out”, but that is not an excuse on the offensive side of the court.
Kobe Bryant and the Lakers are running out of time. They play better when Kobe shoots a little less, but the problem seems to be with hustle and players unwillingness to do the dirty work. You would think Metta World Peace would be willing to be that guy, but he seems more interested in shooting the basketball. He is not shooting well and the Lakers need to find a new role for him.
What is the Lakers problem? I’d love to hear what you think.
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