Without Kobe Bryant, the Los Angeles Lakers weren’t expected to do anything. Contrary to popular belief L.A. has been able to hold their own, and with the Black Mamba just days away from a likely return the Lakers may be blossoming as we speak.
One thing the Lakers weren’t able to do this season was gather a winning streak. Well, after the Lakers defeated the Golden State Warriors Friday night that can now be checked off their bucket list.
Pau Gasol hasn’t been dominant this season and Steve Nash has barely stayed on the court to this point, but that hasn’t stopped L.A. from remaining competitive for the majority of this early portion of the NBA season. A big reason for this has been the play of the Lakers’ bench.
Jordan Farmar and Steve Blake have both outplayed Nash this season and continue making point guard one of L.A.’s stronger positions. The emergence of Jordan Hill has been a huge surprise and very uplifting at the same time. Nick Young has finally gotten into a groove and has been a valuable scorer off of what appears to be a very deep bench in L.A. It seems the only thing missing on the Lakers’ squad is that true superstar and game changer.
Well, the Lakers are in luck because Kobe has been cleared and continues to practice with the team. So sometime very soon Bryant will be back at his typical shooting guard position, and that couldn’t occur at a better time for L.A.
The Lakers may not be in the conversation for winning a championship this season, but to this point L.A. has managed to be a pleasant surprise for the NBA. Kobe’s return may propel them to an even higher level of play, and what comes next for the Lakers may just be the tip of the iceberg.
Michael Pidgeon is a Los Angeles Dodgers writer for Rant Sports.com: “Like” him on Facebook, Follow him on Twitter @1AndOnlyPidgeon, add him to your network on Google or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org