Los Angeles Lakers' Defense is a Real Cause for Concern

By Joseph Crevier
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The Los Angeles Lakers have now dropped seven games in a row and it doesn’t seem as if things are going to turn around anytime soon. They have now given up at least 100 points in 15 straight games. It certainly does not seem like Laker fans will be getting free tacos anytime soon after home games because this has just gotten out of hand. It’s one thing to lose, but to constantly give up so many points is unacceptable.

Coach Mike D’Antoni has been constantly scrutinized for his lack of emphasis on defense in practice as well as in games. Although I am not suggesting that he isn’t a part of the problem, the players should have an idea of how to play defense. Most of them have been playing basketball for the majority of their life so somewhere in their careers they should have been taught some defensive skills. Furthermore, the team has to be held more accountable for such lackluster defense.

Not having the skills is one thing, but simply not caring is another. It appears as if numerous players on the Lakers are uninterested or are too lazy to cover their man, especially in the paint. The team has given up a ton of career/season high games to average role players such as Miles Plumlee, Kelly Olynyk, Timofey Mozgov and Tobias Harris, just to name a few. To give up such monstrous games to subpar players is embarrassing not only to the organization, but to the fans as well.

This season has definitely opened the eyes and makes one wonder if the Lakers should clean house after the season concludes. Of course, Kobe Bryant will remain on the roster, but other than him and possibly Nick Young, nobody at this point deserves to be re-signed. If you are the Lakers do you really want players on the team that do not care about defense whatsoever? Also, do you want a coach that doesn’t care about defense? If Mitch Kupchak were smart, which he most certainly is, he should seriously consider wiping the slate and starting this team over.

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