Jodie Meeks, left, and Antawn Jamison should make the Lakers bench much… (Elsa / Getty Images; Mark…)
All those dreadful games in which the Lakers' reserves coughed up double-digit leads may soon become a distant memory.
The Lakers acquired strong secondary scoring by persuading Antawn Jamison to sign at the veteran's minimum. They immediately bolstered their outside shooting by acquiring Jodie Meeks. The Lakers made sure to hang on to young promising prospects, such as Jordan Hill and Devin Ebanks.
So it's safe to assume that the Lakers reserves won't fare any worse than last season, when they finished last in the league in scoring (20.5), 20th overall in shooting percentage (41.6%) and 28th in efficiency (27.2). But to what degree will the Lakers will improve their bench players? It's hard to say.
Will the Lakers rely too much on their star-studded starting lineup? How long will it take for the newcomers to adjust? Will Steve Blake have a breakout season or just show more maddening inconsistency? What ceiling does Ebanks and Hill have in their development? The Lakers currently have a 14-player roster, including 13 under guaranteed contracts. The lone exception is Andrew Goudelock, whom the Lakers have a team option. Meanwhile, second-round draft picks Darius Johnson-Odom and Robert Sacre are unsigned. Will they stay on beyond training camp?
To help answer those questions, I thought I'd gather numerology readings on the roster. After all, it provided pretty clairvoyant takes on what may be in store for the Lakers' starters.
Enter the name of any Laker along with his birth date and the website Affinity Numerology will provide a comprehensive analysis of that person broken up into several categories, including inner or soul's urge, personality, quiescent self, destiny or ultimate goal, life's path, this year's path, next year's path and last year's path. I chose each category based on how accurate the reading was on that particular person. Perhaps this will provide more clarity on whether the Lakers' efforts to bolster the bench will make a significant difference or just go to waste.
Steve Blake, Lakers guard (Your Inner or Soul's Urge)
"You are sought after for your wisdom. Probably you are somewhat shy and deeply emotional, but with a horror of showing it. For more complete personal understanding of life, work on expressing your emotions, trusting your feelings, less avoidance, and being sympathetic and understanding with people. You possess a tremendous inner wisdom."
Earl Clark, Lakers forward (Your Destiny or Ultimate Goal)
"Your destiny is service to mankind and representing all that is fine, true, and generous. This is easier with tolerance, compassion, and understanding. You have tremendous power to warm the hearts of humanity and to stimulate the perception of beauty.
"You have an eye for beauty and perfection and are inspirational, kind, understanding, generous, an inspired artist, intuitive, and psychic. You give freely of your emotions, your skill, and your leadership purely for the benefit of mankind. You have the ability to use words effectively and artistically, both written and verbal."
Devin Ebanks, Lakers forward (Your Inner or Soul's Urge)
"You can cultivate self-discipline and strength of purpose and would do well to find a quiet time for meditation every day. Being contented with small things (so long as you experience ease and comfort) and not overly ambitious, you do not demand wealth and luxury.
"You are very sensitive and emotional, easy-going, friendly, and fall in Love easily. Yes, your heart wants Love, devoted companionship, and a harmonious home. You are often studious, attract many things to yourself, accumulate much wisdom. Spiritual and psychic sensitivity are available to you simply by your recognition of them. As such, you have the capacity to develop clairvoyant or other psychic abilities."
Chris Duhon, Lakers guard (Your Life's Path)
"You sense that experience is the best teacher and that you learn best while you maintain your sense of individual freedom. You may have a tendency to misuse your freedom with over-indulgence of the senses, but that can be corrected by using your holistic sense of free will to go on to new adventures, and thereby discarding what no longer serves a purpose.
"You have an innate ingenuity and can benefit from scientific, inventive, and resourceful people. You are versatile and clever. Things don't stay the same for long where you are."
Andrew Goudelock, Lakers guard (Last Year's Path)
"This is a year of change for you, a year to get out of the rut. Your opportunities are found outside ordinary routine. New opportunities and new conditions are manifesting (some may appear unexpectedly) -- new relationships, new ideas, new contacts, new enterprises, new plans -- more freedom, more variety, more travel -- broader fields of interest and activity.