In a season where the Los Angeles Lakers were expected to make the playoffs or at least stay within the playoff race, they recorded the worst loss in their franchise history since 1947, the year the team was founded. That’s 67 years ago. And the most hurtful fact that this devastating 48-point loss came inside the Staples Center, against the Lakers’ city-rivals, Los Angeles Clippers, in a game which lots of Lakers fans had the bad luck to attend to.
The General Manager of the Lakers, Mitch Kupchak, watched the entire game from inside the arena and the look on his face said it all. Many times the camera caught his reactions, as the Clips routed their opponents piece by piece. If I were the General Manager of the team, I would have fired the Head Coach already. Maybe I would have fired myself, too, all the players, the front office team, the secretary and those guys distributing Lakers’ flyers outside the Staples Center. Yes I know, I am being excessive, but come on. I am not a fan of destructive solutions but if you are a Lakers fan, you have to look reality into the eye.
What do the Lakers have?
A 35-year old superstar, in Kobe Bryant, who has stayed out in all but six games since last April. You also have a 40-year old Steve Nash, who is in the books for $9.7 million next season, when he will be, oh my god, are you ready for this, 41 freaking years old. And he might not be able to dress up in a single game. Just for your note, the payroll of the entire Lakers team this season is around $77 million. You have a fading – or already faded – star in Pau Gasol, whose contract is expiring this summer.
Thankfully, the team has a first-round pick in the upcoming draft, which includes a bunch of potential superstars, as reported, but they don’t have a second-round one. For 2015, the Lakers will have their first-round pick, if it within the top 5 spots, but if it’s not, it will go to the Phoenix Suns. In addition, the Lakers have a bunch of youngsters or role players in their roster, most of them newcomers.
Literally, those players have zero chances to turn things around, not even next season.
Finally, the worst thing of all might be the fact that the team has no plan for the future. Even if Kobe gets back healthy next season, the team has low to zero chances of adding another superstar, one that can change the course of the franchise.
So what the Ugly Truth for the Lakers is exactly this, the situation the team is into, the hole they have fallen into and up to now, they don’t seem to be able to find a way out. Thankfully, the season is closing to its end, about one month is left. Then the Lakers will have the time to sit back, ease off the pain and try to find a (magical) solution.Chris Michaels