August 10, 2012 |
For over a year, the Lakers couldn't get themselves out of what appeared to be a little batting slump. They clearly hit the ball out of the park by landing Chris Paul. But the umpire (NBA Commissioner David Stern) ruled it a foul ball. It then appeared the Lakers whiffed when they traded away Lamar Odom and Derek Fisher. Then they repeatedly hit balls that landed foul. They acquired a promising point guard in Ramon Sessions, but he couldn't handle the playoff pressure. A bloated payroll made Deron Williams skeptical of wearing purple and gold.
April 13, 2012 |
Some things to watch when the Lakers (37-22) host the Denver Nuggets (32-26) Friday at Staples Center. 1. Can the Lakers establish consistency? After their 98-84 victory Wednesday over the San Antonio Spurs, the Lakers may be confident they can absorb Kobe Bryant's absence for the fourth consecutive game, buoyed by improvement on defense, Andrew Bynum's effort, Metta World Peace's scoring and Steve Blake's sudden effectiveness off the bench. But the Lakers have followed signature wins with more inconsistency plenty of times this season.
June 25, 2012 |
This is the 10th in a series of posts grading the Lakers on the 2011-12 season. Player : Devin Ebanks How he performed: 4 points on 41.6% shooting from the field and 2.3 rebounds in 16.5 minutes in the regular season; 4.1 points on 41% shooting from the field and 2.2 rebounds in 14 minutes per game in the post-season. The good: It would've been easy and somewhat understandable for Ebanks to have lost his cool during a frustrating season.
October 3, 2012 |
The moment the doors opened to the Lakers' practice facility, the team showed on Tuesday a first-hand glimpse of what could mark a significant variable in the team's championship fortunes. Sure, part of that included Dwight Howard's participation and admission afterward that he may have recovered enough from back surgery to play in a few preseason games.
August 17, 2012 |
With the Lakers' roster changes pretty much finalized, it's safe now to envision how the team will fare heading into the 2012-13 season. Sure, the Lakers will have to narrow their 14-man roster during training camp, and no one knows what deals leading into the trade deadline could change the NBA landscape. But in the spirit of seeing how things have evolved for the Lakers since the 2012 NBA playoffs ended, this is one in a series breaking down potentially troublesome opponents. Team: San Antonio Spurs Lakers' record versus Spurs last season: 1-2 How the Spurs fared last season: Finished first in the Western Conference with a 50-16 record; lost to Oklahoma City, 4-2, in the Western Conference Finals.
April 11, 2012 |
Pay little attention to the current standings. The Lakers are in third place in the Western Conference with only eight games left. But the Lakers (36-22) hold only a 1 1/2-game lead over the Clippers (34-23), and the Memphis Grizzlies (33-23), Houston Rockets (32-25), Dallas Mavericks (32-26) and Denver Nuggets (31-26) aren't far behind. Regardless of how the standing shuffling turns out, it's safe to presume the Lakers will probably play one of those five teams in the first round.
March 8, 2012 |
The Lakers' championship aspirations significantly hinge on whether the team can make a blockbuster deal before the March 15 deadline. Their stagnant offense significantly points to the Lakers' lacking at the point-guard spot. The Lakers need a youth injection so that the team's foundation remains in good hands once Kobe Bryant retires possibly as early as two years from now when his contract expires. Yet, it's not clear-cut that the solution to the Lakers' problems involves trading Lakers forward Pau Gasol.
July 18, 2012 |
The Lakers front office keeps hitting a pretty good percentage at the plate. First, they drastically upgrade the team's point guard spot by acquiring veteran elite guard Steve Nash. Then, they significantly bolster their bench by securing veteran forward Antawn Jamison without spending a significant amount of money (veteran's minimum). It remains to be seen whether the Lakers will follow that up by acquiring Dwight Howard. But considering the constant criticism it faced in the past season, sometimes in this corner of the blogosphere, the Lakers' brass in Mitch Kupchak, Jim Buss and Jerry Buss deserve loads of credit for a pretty productive offseason.