By Dan Lovi on July 15, 2014
The Los Angeles Lakers have failed to impress so far this offseason, which cannot sit well with their franchise player, Kobe Bryant. Bryant has stated publicly that he thinks the franchise is doing all it can to help the team win now, but does he really believe that? By the looks of things, the Lakers have hardly improved since last season and Bryant's time is running out.
Here are five reasons why Bryant isn't happy with the Lakers right now.
The Lakers put all their eggs into one basket, and that has come back to bite them. While the Lakers waited for Carmelo Anthony to decide where he was going to play, all the other quality free agents were scooped up by other teams. Not only did the Lakers miss out on Anthony, but they missed out on LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Kyle Lowry amongst others.
The Lakers still don’t have a head coach, which is absolutely ridiculous. Seriously, what are they waiting for? Just hire Byron Scott already.
The Nash trade is still haunting the Lakers. Not only is his contract eating up valuable cap space, but the Lakers also traded away a plethora of draft picks for the aging point guard. Nash has played in only 65 games in two full seasons with the Lakers, and it doesn’t look like he can rejuvenate his career at the age of 40.
The Lakers may have burned a bridge with Bryant by letting his favorite teammate go. Not only was their chemistry good on the court, but they were also great friends off the court, as evidenced by Bryant’s constant defense of Gasol who was often criticized by the media.
The Lakers spent most of their cap money on retaining players from last season’s team, which finished 27-55 in case you might have forgotten. They signed Nick Young to a four-year deal worth $ 21 million and Jordan Hill to a two-year deal worth $ 18 million. The Lakers wasted all their cap space on players who were, at best, mediocre last year. Hill has never averaged more than 21 minutes per game, yet he is set to make $ 9 million this year!
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