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BARRY’S TICKETS

Since 1985 Barry’s Tickets has serving the Downtown Los Angeles community with Concert, Sports and Theater Tickets all without any service fees since day one. Located in the heart of all the action Barry’s Tickets Downtown Los Angeles offices sits caddy-corner from the Staples Center and Nokia Live The office has sports merchandise for the Lakers, Clippers and Kings, last minute snacks as well as an ATM.

Barry’s Tickets Downtown Los Angeles Office Hours: Monday – Sunday 9:00am – 9:00pm
We are open seven days a week from 9:00am to 9:00pm. You can pick up tickets or walk in and purchase tickets in a safe environment. You are able to purchase tickets past the start time of all events if tickets are available. Your can also upgrade tickets that you have or if you need to you can print out your tickets that were purchased online from Barry’s Tickets. All tickets come with the 100% guarantee to be authentic.

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LUXE HOTEL

Our office is located inside the Luxe Hotel at 1020 South Figueroa Ca 90015. Barry’s is located between West Olympic and 11th street across from the Nokia Live and Caddy Corner from the Staples Center. With traffic and games going on sometimes streets around the Staples Center can be blocked off from traffic so coming up North on Figueroa allows you to make an easy right turn into the Luxe. You can pull into the Valet parking area and tell them you are picking up your tickets from Barry’s Tickets. You can also park at the Luxe Hotel during events and prices for parking their can very on the event going on. Barry’s Tickets is located in the main downtown stairs lobby across from the check in counter.

Barry’s Tickets is located just minutes from your event venue:
Staples Center: Clippers, Kings, Lakers, Sparks, Concerts located 3.0 minutes walking
Nokia Live: Concerts, Events Located 3.0 minutes walking
Dodger Stadium: Dodgers, Concerts, Sporting Events: Located 3.7 miles away
Hollywood Bowl: Concerts: Located 8.1 miles away
Pantages Theater: Theater: Located 7.2 miles away
LA Coliseum: Football, Concerts Located 2.4 miles away
LA Sports Arena: Concerts Located 2.5 miles away
Forum: Concerts: Located 10.1 miles away
Ahmanson Theater: Theater Located 1.6 miles away
Greek Theater: Concerts located 7.3 miles away.
Being close to all the action allows you to pick up tickets and shop for tickets on the day of the event from a reputable Los Angeles Ticket Broker.

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Is Barry’s Tickets legit?
Barry’s Tickets has been serving Los Angelinos since 1985 and are Official Partners with the Los Angeles Clippers, AM570 Radio and ESPNLA and Official Ticket seller for Global Rally Cross Racing. Barry has been interviews on radio shows such as Petros and Money, Chanel 5 news, KISS FM Ryan Seacrest and numerous others. Barry’s Tickets are upstanding members in the BBB as well as National Ticket Broker Association.

What makes Barry’s Tickets different the other Online brokers:
There are numerous choices to purchase tickets online as well as brick and mortar agencies. Barry’s Tickets has three physical offices in the Los Angeles Area and stocks the largest physical inventory of all Los Angeles and the surrounding areas concerts, sports and theater events. A majority of tickets that you see on other “web based” online brokers are actually Barry’s Tickets seats. All ticket brokers use a “feed” that allows them to sell tickets all over the country even if they don’t have physical stock in the concert, sports or theater event your looking to buy.

No Service Fees - Barry’s Ticket Service never had service fee’s and never will. The price you see is the price you pay with no hidden fees or charges at the end.

Help there is a problem with my tickets! Gone are the days where you would receive a hard ticket to the event that your going to. Tickets are now on regular paper which does ad a convenience for you to print out when you like but also leads to people buying a ticket and making a bunch of copies and selling them over an over again on sites where they can upload their tickets, craigslist and even Ebay. While all three try and stop fraud its usually after the fact that they can catch it. Barry’s Tickets buys inventory through trusted sources, season seat holders as well as our own inventory of tickets. We never buy “paper tickets” off the street or over the internet. All our tickets come with a 100% guarantee to be authentic and delivered on time.

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Should the Lakers Pursue Kevin Ollie?

UCONN Kevin Ollie

Kevin Ollie

Writing in the New York Times columnist Eric Pincus wrote a compelling piece on whether the Lakers could target University of Connecticut Head Coach Kevin Ollie as a potential replacement for Mike D’Antoni. With the Lakers mired at the bottom of the Western Conference and at least another year of rebuilding ahead of them, should the Lakers make a move for Ollie?

Mike D’Antoni is a lame duck coach. Even if he does coach the Lakers next season it’s hard to imagine D’Antoni keeping his job beyond next season. The Lakers have battled injuries all season, but have also shown the negative characteristics of previous D’Antoni coached teams, mainly the inability to play defense. With a high draft pick in the coming draft the Lakers may choose to move on a candidate like Ollie to inject some life into the franchise and maximize the Lakers upcoming draft pick. The former Connecticut star and now head coach is from Los Angeles, playing his high school basketball at Crenshaw High School. In just two seasons in Connecticut he’s capably replaced a legend in Jim Calhoun and has the Huskies playing for yet another National Title on Monday night versus the Kentucky Wildcats.

Kevin Ollie UCONN

Kevin Ollie (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

Ollie is compelling not because of his coaching resume, which is impressive albeit with limited head coaching experience. What makes Ollie compelling is his reputation around the league, especially from current Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant. As Pincus pointed, out Ollie received major accolades from Durant during a recent interview with Bill Simmons. Durant called Ollie at “game-changer” for his impact on the culture of Oklahoma City during their evolution as a contender in the west. It’s a big stretch to think that the presence of Ollie would draw Durant to Los Angeles, but is indicative of Ollie’s reputation around the league. Durant pointed to the mind-set and professionalism that Ollie brought to the Thunder organization each day.

Would Ollie take the job? Considering his instant success at Connecticut it’s questionable why he would leave the college ranks, but a factor that may impact a decision by Ollie to leave could be Connecticut’s conference situation. The Huskies ended up lost in the shuffle of the conference realignments over the past two seasons and now find themselves in the American Athletic Conference, a far cry from the former Big East they were a member of for over two decades. The American Athletic is far less prestigious than the old Big East and the ACC and could impact Ollie’s decision to stay at Connecticut.

UCONN Kevin Ollie

Coach Ollie

If the Lakers were to attract Ollie it doesn’t guarantee they make a run for Durant but it would satisfy the fan base and potentially usher the Lakers into a new era. A solid draft pick in the offseason and the acquisition of Kevin Love after next season can do wonders for the Lakers near term outlook. How a franchise is perceived nationally can have a major impact on potential free agents, for an example look at the LA Clippers and their decision to replace Vinny Del Negro with Doc Rivers. The presence of Rivers immediately upped the prestige of the Clippers organization and made them a desirable target for a player like Danny Granger when he was amnestied this spring. Ollie can have a similar impact as Rivers with the Lakers. Chris M.

See Dwight Howard Vs Lakers 4/8

Your chance to see Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets take on the Lakers April 8th at the Staples Center!

To Enter: Mention @BarrysTickets and Use Hashtag #BTS408
This Barry’s Ticket Contest is on Twitter Only!

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Mention @BARRYSTICKETS & #BTS408

Random Drawing Monday April 7th
Your must be following BarrysTickets on twitter to qualify!

Winner will receive a pair of April 8th Lakers Vs Rockets Tickets for the Los Angeles Staples Center Game at 7:30pm. Winner must pick up the tickets at our downtown office on April 8th. Multiple entries will be deleted and only one will be entered.

Barry’s Tickets reserves the right to change or cancel any promotion or contest at anytime.

You can purchase Lakers Tickets for all games at the Staples Center with No Service Fees or Handling Charges. Barry’s Tickets has been serving Los Angeles and Lakers Fans since 1985.

Barry’s Tickets is located just caddy-corner from the Staples Center
1020 S. Figueroa, Los Angeles, CA 90015
(across from the Staples Center inside the Luxe City Center)
Open 7 days a week, 10am – 9pm, for pickups.
213 749 0057

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Staples Center Lakers Vs Trail Blazers Tonight

Your chance to win a pair of Lakers Vs Blazers Tonight at the STAPLES CENTER! To enter just use hashtag #LAKEBLAZE on either Twitter, Facebook or Google+ and your enter.

We will pull random names by 1:00pm if your name is chosen you will have 20:00 Minutes to respond or your tickets WILL BE forfeited! Sorry but its the day of the game!

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Barry’s Tickets sells Lakers Tickets for all home games at the Staples Center with No Service Fees On Any Tickets. Our office is located caddy-corner form the Staples Center inside the Luxe Hotel.

Barry’s Ticket Service
1020 S. Figueroa, Los Angeles, CA 90015
(Across from the Staples Center inside the Luxe City Center Hotel)
Open 7 days a week, 8am – 9pm, for pickups.
(213)749-0057

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Knicks or Lakers Who Has A Brighter Future?

Los Angeles Lakers Tickets

LAKERS

Two of the most legendary teams in the NBA, the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers are struggling badly this season. For the Lakers, the season ended much time ago, with the start of the tanking being back during Kobe Bryant’s re-injury. The Knicks, on the other hand, were supposed to be chasing the title but instead they will have to battle hard to clinch a playoff ticket, if they ever manage to.

The two teams met just days ago, where the injury-struck Lakers set a new franchise record for most points in a single quarter, while the Knicks set a negative franchise record for most points allowed. On top of that, the discussions involving these two teams have piled up as of lately due to the Knicks’ acquisition of the former long-time Head Coach of the Lakers, Phil Jackson. Both the Lakers and the Knicks are projected to undergo deep changes during the next year or years. But which one will have a better future?
Well, it depends.

The Garden

MSG

If the Knicks manage to keep Carmelo Anthony, who will become an unrestricted free agent this summer, then they do have the advantage. That’s because, although the Lakers expect Kobe to return at his 100 percent next season, that doesn’t mean he will be the dominant Black Mamba we all knew. Kobe will turn 36 next year and it’s still unknown if he will be completely healthy. On top of that, he has lots of miles on his body and he is will be on the fall of his career. On the contrary, Melo, who will be 30 next season, will be right in the middle of his prime. Any GM would pick Melo over Bryant at this stage of their respective careers.

Another key issue that gives the upper hand to the Knicks is that they do have some quality players in their roster. Of course, they also have some burden-contracts, like the amazingly big one of Amar’e Stoudemire ($23.4 million). However, at the summer of 2015, all these big fat contracts will have expired. By then Phil Jackson should have already cooked up a nice plan and should have already performed some correcting moves in New York. The Knicks will then be able to chase another superstar to pair with Melo, who will hopefully still be in NYC.

Staples Center

STAPLES

On the other hand, the Lakers have already committed $48.5 million to Kobe over the next two seasons and Steve Nash is under contract for the next season, in the books for $9.7 million. In addition, the Lakers don’t have the young players, the financial flexibility or the draft picks to hope that they can make the difference next season or the one after. They will, too have to wait for the summer of 2015 to hope to make something happen, like an addition of a star like Kevin Love. But even that doesn’t seem much probable at the moment. The Lakers are deep in a whole they have dug themselves and nobody knows how they’ll manage to get out. Chris

LA Teams In Full Effect

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No matter if you only bleed certain team colors or just a avid sports fan in Los Angeles you can’t beat this time of year with the Clippers and Kings about to be in the playoffs, the Lakers still have some great playoff teams coming in, the Dodgers about to start their 2014 season at Dodger Stadium and the Galaxy and Chivas USA filling your soccer fix before the CUP. Here is a look at what’s coming up for LA Sports Teams around So Cal!

LA Clippers Tickets

CLIPPERS

Clippers Tickets – With just five games left at the Staples Center and the 5.5 games back from the Spurs the Clippers look like they could hold home court for the first round of the playoffs if they can hold off the Rockets. The Clippers face the Mavs 4/3, Battle for LA against the Lakers on 4/6, a must win against the Thunder on 4/8 and the Kings 4/12 followed by the last game of the regular season 4/15 against the Nuggets. Clippers Tickets are available for all these games as well as the Playoffs.

Los Angeles Lakers Tickets

LAKERS

Lakers Tickets – Although out of the playoffs this year the Lakers have seven games left at the Staples Center which include some playoff bound teams including the Blazers 4/1, Mavericks 4/5, Grizzlies 4/13 Warriors 4/11 and the return one more time of Dwight Howard and the Rockets on April 8th. The Lakers could end up helping out the Clippers with wins against Houston, Portland and Golden State or could end up with a better lottery pick if they lose.

LA Kings Tickets

KINGS

Kings Tickets- With a shoot out win against the Caps last night the Kings remain 5 points in front of the Wild. LA has just four home games left at the Staples Center in the regular season the Kings cant let up and coast into the playoffs. The Winnipeg Jets fly into LA on 3/29, followed by the Minnesota Wild 3/31 (Stick up for animal rights night), Phoenix Coyotes 4/2 (season ticket member appreciation night) and end their season against their rival Anaheim Ducks (team photo giveaway
night) 4/12 at 7:30pm at the Staples Center.

LA Dodgers Tickets

DODGERS

Dodgers Tickets – With the Dodgers 2014 season looking to pick up where they left off last year coming back from down under with two wins notched in their belt already. They play the Angels at Dodger Stadium in two exhibition games March 27th & 28th then their Opening Day weekend starts off against the San Francisco Giants on April 4th Opening Day, Robin Thicke performs April 5th, and Yasiel Puig Kids Fathead on April 6th. 2013 Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers follow up by coming to Dodger Stadium on April 8th and 9th and with tickets starting as low as $6.00 it’s a great way to see the 2013 MVP for cheap.

LA Galaxy Tickets

GALAXY

LA Galax Ticketsy – Landon Donovan Omar Gonzalez and the rest of the LA Galaxy have a light schedule in April and May at the Stubhub Center. On Saturday April 12th the Vancouver Whitecaps come into Carson to play the Galaxy in this MLS regular season game followed by FC Dallas the next month May 21st. Chivas USA and the Galaxy meet at the Center June 8th. In July the Galaxy have three home games which include July 4th against the Portland Timbers, July 12th Real Salt Lake and July 16th the New England Revolution.

Chivas USA Tickets

CHIVAS USA

Chivas USA Tickets – Chivas USA has a busy upcoming schedule at the Stubhub center for those who need to get their soccer fix before the World Cup begins. On April 6th the LA Galaxy and Chivas meet up at 12:00pm at the Center in this Chivas USA home game followed by the Seattle Sounders on April 19th at 7:30pm. The month of May sees the Houston Dynamo on May 3rd, Portland Timbers on May 28th and the Phiadelphia Union ending out the month on May 31st.

Barry’s Tickets has NO SERVICE FEES we never had them and never will! We have no hidden charges on any tickets either! All tickets are 100% guaranteed to be authentic and delivered on time!

Located caddy-corner from the Staples Center and minutes from Dodger Stadium we are open seven days a week from 8am till 9pm perfect for picking up your tickets or buying tickets on the day of your event even if its just minutes before game start!

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Barry’s Ticket Service
1020 S. Figueroa, Los Angeles, CA 90015
(Across from the Staples Center inside the Luxe City Center Hotel)
Open 7 days a week, 8am – 9pm, for pickups.
(213)749-0057

By Chris Michaels.

3 Day Sale On Lakers Tickets

Lakers Tickets for all games

LAKESHOW

Score some awesome Lakers Tickets for an awesome price against some awesome teams! Barry’s Tickets is having a three day only sale on Lakers Tickets marked BV. Use the code LAK1014 and save 10% on tickets. You can also click here and the discount code will automatically populate in the checkout box. If your looking for a crazy good deal on Lakers Tickets the Orlando Magic game on Sunday Sept 23rd is the lowest priced game of the season already and now add a 10% discount code on top of that.

For the first time in a while the Lakers are not in the NBA Playoffs but it doesn’t mean there isn’t some great basketball going on at the Staples Center. The last few games of the Lakers 2013-2014 have some marque talent coming to LA including Phil Jackson’s New York Knicks March 25th, currently in 5th place Portland Trail Blazers on April 1st, 8th seed Dallas Mavericks April 4th, Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors April 11th, Kevin Love and the Memphis Grizzlies on April 13th and Mr Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets April 8th.

Discount is good on all Lakers Tickets marked BV (Best Value). These tickets have a little green ticket next to them. The Sale is good online only!

Discount Code Lakers Tickets

use code LAK1014

Our Lakers Tickets Discount Code is good only on the remaining home games at the LA Staples Center and cant be used with any other discount code or promo code and cannot be applied to existing Lakers Ticket purchases. Lakers Vs Clippers Tickets for their April 6th game at staples this is actually a Clippers home game and not included in this Lakers sale. By Chris Michaels.

Barry’s Ticket Service is located caddy-corner from the Staples Center and is open from 8am till 9pm seven days a week for pick ups or walk in’s.

Barry’s Ticket Service
1020 S. Figueroa, Los Angeles, CA 90015
(Across from the Staples Center inside the Luxe City Center Hotel)
Open 7 days a week, 8am – 9pm, for pickups.
(213)749-0057

Dont Fire D’Antoni … Yet

D’Antoni

D’Antoni

After the worst loss in franchise history, a 48 point drubbing at the hands of the Clippers, one of the worst regular seasons in Los Angeles Lakers history got even worse, leaving many Lakers fans calling for the firing of embattled Head Coach Mike D’Antoni. The Clippers, firmly established as the best team in LA, have now beaten the Lakers by a combined 84 points over the past two meetings. Times are tough for the Lakers fan base and based on the upcoming free agent class assistance won’t be coming until after the next offseason. A high draft choice in a deep draft may provide some excitement, but an immediate re-build like in the past likely isn’t in the cards.

D’Antoni

Wish It Was 1987

With the Lakers at 21-42 the pressure is firmly on Mike D’Antoni. The former Suns and Knicks coach clearly hasn’t worked out in Los Angeles and is not the long-term answer. The amazing amount of injuries, especially in the backcourt, hasn’t helped the situation but the problems that have plagued D’Antoni in Phoenix and New York are present once again in Los Angeles. Successful NBA teams play effective defense and D’Antoni has never shown the ability to lead an effective defensive team during his time in the NBA. In the past three games, which included the drubbing at the hands of the Clippers, the Lakers gave up 132, 144, and 134 points, totals that the NBA hasn’t seen since the days of Paul Westhead using his Loyola Marymount system in Denver. High scoring games can be exciting for those watching, provided you’re not on the losing end, and the Lakers have been on the losing end in all three games.

D'antoni

Lame Duck?

So with D’Antoni a lame duck should the Lakers let him go? The simple answer is no. The upcoming draft is a big one and a high draft position can give the Lakers a building block for the future. Firing D’Antoni and bringing in a replacement, in the hopes that the Lakers win a handful more games, will only lessen their chance to finish high in the lottery. With the Philadelphia 76ers completely tanking, along with the Milwaukee Bucks, it benefits the Lakers to continue their slide. For a proud franchise that fact is hard to accept, but the Lakers need to maximize their ping pong balls to finish high in the draft. A top three pick may yield potential elite talents like Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins of Kansas and Jabari Parker of Duke. Combine an elite lottery talent with the potential to attract a talent like Kevin Love after the next offseason and the Lakers could potentially rebuild in a hurry.

Mike D’Antoni Lame Duck?

I’ll Be Back

D’Antoni is clearly a lame duck who won’t be back next season, and shouldn’t be back. His time as an NBA coach is likely over. With D’Antoni on his way out the Lakers will have an interesting decision on their hands in selecting the next head coach of the franchise. The name that popped up this past week, inevitably, was Phil Jackson who stated that he’s ready to get back into leading an organization. Jackson’s comments indicated that he’s interested in coaching again, but also the ability to build an organization ala Pat Riley in Miami. Rumors currently circulating indicate that Jackson is mulling a front office position in New York, which may make speculation moot of a potential return to LA. At 68 it’s hard to imagine Jackson wanting to take over the reins of the Lakers with another tough season potentially on the way. Other veteran names include George Karl, Jeff Van Gundy, and Stan Van Gundy. All three are proven commodities, but also at a stage in their careers that they may not want to entertain a rebuild. Perhaps the proper route for the Lakers would be hiring a young college coach, like the Celtics did with Brad Stevens, or a low profile but capable NBA assistant like Charlotte did with Steve Clifford, who happened to be a Lakers assistant last season.

D’Antoni

D’Antoni & Kobe

The Lakers franchise has decades of goodwill in Los Angeles but another tough season is in the offing, never good for any franchise. A decent draft pick combined with a healthy Kobe Bryant and a head coach that puts a team on the floor that can compete at both ends could give the Lakers some momentum into the next off season. Even with a potential tough season coming up next year a good transition hire can go a long way toward building momentum into the 2015-2016 season. Chris Michaels

Lakers Finally Turning Toward Youth

Lakers Tickets

Lakers

It’s no big news that the Los Angeles Lakers have been struggling all season long this year and the Lakers Tickets prices have also reflected it. It’s also no big news that the team is recording one of the worst seasons of its recent history. However, just when everything seemed to be going south for LA, there is some light appearing at the end of the tunnel. Some young players, who were recently acquired or emerged as solid contributors for the team are here to give hope to the team and all its fans.

Of course, the 2013-2014 season is a lost one for the Lakers. No matter what happens from now on, the Lakers will not be able to turn things around. The team ranks dead last in the Western Conference with a 19-38 record. The playoffs are a dream for this season and without Kobe Bryant, the Lakers might even end up finishing last in the West.

Lakers Kendall Marshal

Kendall Marshal

However, the team did perform a few positive moves as of lately. The first one came when Kendall Marshal was switched to the starting point guard position. Marshall has now started in 20 of his 29 games this season and the performances he is recording give hope to the team for the future. The 22-year old point guard is averaging 9.8 points, 9.4 assists and three rebounds up to now in the season. He is also shooting very well from the floor, 44.4 percent but also from downtown, 46.8 percent.

The newly acquired Kent Bazemore really exploded since he arrived in LA. Going from a team where he barely played to a struggling Lakers team where he has the chance to shine, the 24-year old shooting guard instantly became the leading scorer of the Lakers. In his three games with his new team he is averaging 18.3 points to go along with 2.7 assists, while shooting 45.2 percent from the field. Bazemore is now showcasing his skills and hopefully he can continue to play big for the Lakers, at least until Kobe Bryant gets back.

Lakers MarShon Brooks

Brooks

MarShon Brooks was also acquired at the trade deadline by the Los Angeles Lakers. In 22.7 minutes per game, Brooks is now averaging 10.7 minutes, 2.3 rebounds and 50 percent shooting from the field. Although Brooks seems to be taking almost any shot he is given the chance to put up, he has been delivering.
It’s true that the Lakers will need more than such performances next season in order to become competitive once again. However, if we add up Ryan Kelly and Xavier Henry in the mix, a core of capable players is formed, which could be vital for the team going forward. The Lakers need to find some solutions for the next season or at least hope that they will have some quality pieces to surround Kobe and any other star the team possibly lands.

Lakers Ticket prices for the secondary market have reflected the drop in performance by almost 20% from a year ago. With the signing of the Lakers new youth, the hope for a good draft pick, trading of Pau for next season prices might start to rise again. Chris Michaels

Should The Lakers Keep Kobe Bryant Out For The Season

Kobe Bryant Lakers

Kobe

The latest news about Kobe Bryant and his knee injury state that the Black Mamba will remain sidelined for three more weeks. He will also miss the 2014 All Star Game. Multiple sources point out that Bryant feels internal swelling pain in his knees and that’s why he will have to extend his rehabilitation period. Now the Los Angeles Lakers face a significant question: Should they just keep Kobe out for the remainder of the 2013-2014 campaign?

The Lakers can almost be considered as done for the season. The team currently stands in the second spot of the bottom in the Western Conference, holding a 16-30 record. Due to very high level of competiveness within the conference, it will be almost impossible for the Lakers to overcome the 10-game deficit they have from the eighth-seeded team, which currently is the Dallas Mavericks. But even if they manage to get the ticket for the postseason they won’t go far. If the Lakers finish eighth, they will face the first-seeded team in the West, which will be either the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Portland Trail Blazers or the San Antonio Spurs. And it’s easy for every fan of the team to imagine what the outcome of such a series would be.

Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers

Kobe Bryant

As a matter of fact, if Bryant comes back this season the Lakers won’t see a big difference in their final ranking. Even the Black Mamba’s contribution might not be enough for Mike D’Antoni’s team to bounce back. In addition, the Lakers would also risk Kobe’s health if he is rushed back. The 35-year old Bryant certainly needs some time to fully rehab now that he has the chance.

Allowing Kobe to fully rest for the season seems to be the most rational choice for the Lakers at the moment. The main focus of the team should be the near future, the upcoming season. That’s why they should take their attention off Kobe and start planning their next moves to strengthen their roster, either through trades or significant moves. The Lakers will also have to focus on the upcoming, star-loaded NBA Draft. Then they will have a great opportunity to land potential superstar.

Kobe Bryant LA Lakers

Kobe

Certainly, Kobe Bryant is always a hot topic in LA. Every fan of the team wants to see him dressed up and ready to play when the Lakers are playing in the Staples Center. In fact, Bryant is one of the main reasons many fans support the team. Bryant is a big part of the Lakers franchise at the moment. Nevertheless, if the Lakers think rationally, they will realize that due to the bad situation the team is in at the moment, they will have to find the best way to bounce back quickly.

The team has to undergo significant changes soon. Steve Nash obviously can’t contribute, Pau Gasol is unhappy with the team and the Lakers neither several draft picks nor assets to trade away. Thankfully, as of lately, some young players, like Manny Harris and Kendall Marshall, have started to show promising sings. Now that Kobe is out, they will have a chance to see more playing time, gain experience and be on his side for the next season. Chris Michaels