Los Angeles Lakers: 5 Reasons Why Your Favorite Team Will Suck in 2013-14
5 Reasons to Not Expect Much From the Lakers in 2013-2014
Normally when the Los Angeles Lakers are mentioned in a sentence, it usually consists of statements regarding how good they are or how they will win another championship. This year is a little bit different when it comes to the Lake Show. They aren’t expected to win a championship this season and they are not even expected to make the playoffs. This doesn’t sound like the Lakers team everyone knows, but I’ll explain to you exactly why it makes sense, for this season at least.
The Lakers have a team that consists of an injured superstar (Kobe Bryant), a point guard who is a shell of his former self (Steve Nash), a soft big man who may or may not fit in his coach’s offensive game plan (Pau Gasol) and a bench full of role players with names not really worth mentioning. Nothing about this team screams threatening and quite frankly there isn’t really much talent.
Kobe has taken offense to how the media is portraying not only his team, but him as well. He even took it one step further by changing his Twitter picture to the number 1225. 12 symbolizes where the Lakers were predicted to finish in the west and 25 is where Kobe was ranked as a player in the NBA. Kobe’s ranking is one I disagree with, but as a whole, I feel the team may actually deserve the 12th place ranking they are predicted to finish in.
Whenever Kobe returns to the court, he’s going to immediately improve the Lakers, but it’s just not going to be enough. These are the five biggest reasons the Lakers are going to underperform this season.
5. Lack of Bench Depth
After how well the bench played last night against the Los Angeles Clippers, this may sound questionable. However, it was only one game out of a 82 game season so I'm going to have to see bench consistency before their depth isn't considered an issue.
The Lakers best players are Bryant, Nash and Gasol. The average age of those three is 36. Does anyone think without a younger star, those three can honestly lead the Lakers anywhere?
3. Lack of Defense
No one on the Lakers is known as a defensive stopper outside of Kobe, and he's not even as good at defense as he used to be. It doesn't help that head coach Mike D'Antoni knows very little of how to coach actual defense. Giving up 100+ points every night isn't going to get your team many wins in a long season.
2. Kobe's Injury
By the time Kobe returns full-time to the court, how good is the Lakers record going to be? If Los Angeles falls so far behind where not even Kobe can dig them out then clearly Kobe's injury affected this team big time.
1. Mike D'Antoni
Mike D'Antoni doesn't have an ounce of knowledge on how to lead a team to a championship. Coaching your team to run and gun while not playing defense isn't going to win a championship anytime soon. The worst part of it all is the Lakers could have had Phil Jackson instead, but they screwed that up big time. If the Lakers ever get the urge to call Phil again, not only will he likely not ever want to coach the Lakers again, they should expect him to promptly hang up.