For fans of the LA Lakers the NBA season couldn’t have gone much worse. And now that the season has finished, with the Miami Heat retaining their play-off championship title, it’s time for the Lakers to start rebuilding to improve on their torrid performances of the past term.
The pre-season signings of future hall of famers Steve Nash and Dwight Howard along with the already established duo of Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol led to early talk of another championship for the Lakers. But in reality the All Star quartet failed to live up to expectations through injury, poor tactics and lack of chemistry.
The early season games all pointed towards this; the Lakers couldn’t get a win from anywhere and the reliance on Kobe continued. They did manage to drag themselves into the playoffs but lost all four of their games against eventual finalists the San Antonio Spurs and crashed out in the worst way possible. But could the Laker fans expect anymore? The answer is no, especially with their talisman, Kobe Bryant, succumbing to serious injury towards the end of the regular season. But that’s not the real question; the question is where do the Lakers go from here?
It seems clear to me that the most prominent problem for the Lakers is Pau Gasol. It seems that since their last championship (which Gasol played a major role in) the Lakers have been unable to get the best out of Gasol. But why is that? Back in 2010 Gasol was without question one of the best big men in the NBA and he still is but his influence in games is diminishing but he isn’t the one at fault here.
The blame lies with the coaching staff because, for whatever reason, they decided to move Gasol further away from the post and further towards the perimeter to play second fiddle to Andrew Bynum and, this season, Dwight Howard. I have no doubt that if he was allowed to be the main big man again he would regain his game winning form.
So, in my opinion, the Lakers have a decision to make: Dwight or Pau?
Of course this isn’t the only issue but I think it’s the most pressing one and once that’s dealt with the Lakers can begin to rebuild. But whatever happens, the Laker fans should brace themselves for a few more years without a trophy.
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