The Los Angeles Lakers are supposed to be the playground bully of the NBA like they have been for so many years. However, they’re a far cry from elite these days. Heck, they’re not even “good” anymore. A slew of off-season moves had them reeling at the beginning of the season and now they’re cruising to a Western Conference seed lower than No. 8, which would keep them out of the playoffs. Everyone keeps waiting for the Lakers to turn around, but after general manager Mitch Kupchak‘s “announcement” this week, the nail is in the coffin.
Kupchak told Lakers center Dwight Howard that he will not be traded by the Feb. 21 deadline and Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni that he’s “safe.” So let me get this straight: the Lakers hit the panic button five games into the season and fired Mike Brown, but now they’re completely fine with being mediocre, at best, for the rest of the year? Yeah, that makes a lot of sense.
We’re not even at the All-Star break yet! Los Angeles should get rid of Howard and all of his drama and bring in some players who can actually help them, including ones who can actually play D’Antoni’s style of offense. Those would be smart decisions, unlike all the rest of the ones LA has made this year. It just doesn’t make sense for arguably the NBA’s proudest franchise to hit the panic button when it’s not necessary but then do nothing with it’s time to hit the panic button. Oh well, their loss.