The start of the season really couldn't have gone worse for the Los Angeles Lakers.
They got pummeled by the Houston Rockets and they lost top pick Julius Randle, for what likely is the season, to a broken leg. This comes shortly after Steve Nash injured himself for the season … which likely ends the 40-year-old point guard's career.
What we're going to have to get used to is that this is who the Lakers are. Yes, they have had bad luck so far, and there's nothing you can do about an injury like Randle's.
But the Lakers aren't a team that can make up for that injury. And they likely weren't going to be much better with him either.
So what's the problem?
Let's start with Kobe Bryant, who scored 19 in the 108-90 season-opening loss to the Rockets. Yeah, he's starting a big two-year contract right now. But, more important than all that money, Kobe doesn't like to lose.
- Julius Randle suffers brutal injury in Lakers opener
- Byron Scott blames Dwight Howard for failures with Kobe
- Buss hopes Kobe Bryant signs another contract too
And he's never had to lose. If you recall, he was traded immediately after being drafted out of a bad situation in Charlotte into a good situation in L.A.
Now, he's about to face another bad situation. In the past, he could blame the team's demise on his injuries. Now, when he's healthy, it's going to be a lot more difficult to find blame elsewhere. Kobe's going to have to live with this awfulness all season long.
Kobe's not alone
Kobe isn't the only one who won't lose well. While Jeremy Lin might just be happy to be there, coach Byron Scott can't be too thrilled with where this is headed already.
"It is heartbreaking, I saw the work he put in, his first game, he goes down," Scott told the L.A. Times about the Randle injury. "He was kind of crying, I told him to say strong."
GM Mitch Kupchak and president Jeanie Buss have spent plenty of time shooting their mouths off this offseason too.
Now, they're going to have to tone it down or risk becoming more of a laughingstock.
It's one thing for a team to struggle. It's another to do it while being in complete denial and acting like a jerk about it.
Kings of L.A.
What is true, and this won't sit well, is that the Clippers will continue to be THE team in L.A. They share an area, as we well know, but for years the Clippers were the neglected younger sibling.
Now, they've grown up and they are the stars and real contenders in town.
It's not something L.A. wants to get used to, but for this season again, it's something they better do soon.