Is It Tanking Time for the Los Angeles Lakers?

By Ian Meredith
Mike D'Antoni
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With the news that Kobe Bryant will miss the next six weeks with a fractured left knee just after recently returning from his Achilles injury and the already injury-riddled point guard core, it looks as though this Los Angeles Lakers season may be over before Christmas. This leads the next obvious choice, tanking for 2014’s talented draft class. The 2014 draft class carries some of the biggest names in recent memory with “instant superstars” like Canadian-born Andrew Wiggins on the list. Add in the fact that the 2014 Free Agency list will include superstar talent and the Lakers should forget about 2013 and get ready for next season.

The Lakers are already stocked with young talent in a long list of former lottery picks in players like Xavier Henry, Wes Johnson and Jordan Hill and can look to improve their future instead of dwelling on a season already lost to injury and lack of superstar talent. Bryant has been locked up in a ridiculous $48 million two-year extension that will limit the Lakers ability to sign superstars this offseason and require them to rely on him getting healthy. It is going to take Bryant some time to not only get healthy but then get himself anywhere near 100 percent after suffering multiple injuries to his legs. Bryant has a lot of tread on his tires and he is more than capable of getting back near his former Mamba self but it is not going to be a quick process.

Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni is going to do his best to still win games as winning is expected in Tinseltown and he would like to keep his job, but even if they sneak into the playoffs there is no Cinderella story for the Lakers this year.

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