The L.A. Lakers used to be a team which visiting franchises feared, now they’re a team barely able to win at home, but what has happened to this once glittering basketball team?
Most recently, the Lakers lost to the lowly Utah Jazz at the Staples Centre 96-79, setting a new low for a Lakers side who have struggled massively this year.
Obviously they are playing shorthanded, and have been most of the year, with injuries to Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Steve Nash becoming more and more suffocating on the purple and gold side of L.A.
Other players have also seen time on the treatment table, and this could be to blame for the Lakers inability to produce at home this year, having gone 8-15 at the Staples, losing their last six in a row.
But last season wasn’t exactly fruitful for L.A. either, much in thanks to severe chemistry issues and the season long issues around Dwight Howard before he took off for Houston.
The Lakers have brought this lack of chemistry right through to 2014, and things aren’t looking good at all for the franchise which has a glittering past.
Players are failing to perform, coaches are clearly failing to implement game plans correctly, and the celebrity love is beginning to flounder, only slightly of course.
Bryant will obviously a huge part of the Lakers team when he comes back, Pau Gasol as well if he’s kept in the purple and gold uniform of course, as he may well be traded before the deadline passes by.
Phoenix were interested in the big man from Spain, but talks between the two franchises have cooled since, meaning we could see Pau staying put.
Either way, the Lakers need Kobe, Pau and Nash all playing to have a legitimate chance of winning games, but is that the right way to go?
If the Lakers tank as bad as they can, they could be in for a decent pick for this season’s draft, which we all know is stacked, and instantly push them back into Playoff contention next season.
So, should L.A. try and rebuild from the Draft? Or stick with the Kobe, Pau and Nash show?
We guess only time will tell…