The Los Angeles Lakers are going nowhere fast right now.
Another defeat, their 16th of the season, against the Pelicans on Sunday night, a game in which they conceded over 100 points also for the 16th time, sees them languishing at the wrong end of the NBA standings.
Letting on water
With no sign of an upward trajectory in the near future, Kobe Bryant, the only genuine star on the roster, could be forgiven for hypothesizing about a future elsewhere. A future where a winning record was a realistic proposition.
Speaking to the media today though, Bryant, with the use of a wonderful Titanic reference, left Lakers fans in no doubt about where his loyalty lies.
There has been some speculation over recent weeks that Bryant could look to engineer a trade away from the Staples Center this season in a bid to find a title contender as he enters the twilight of his career.
The Black Mamba has though done his best to dampen the rumors - citing his loyalty to the franchise several times this season, and this latest frank and honest response cannot leave many people in doubt about where his heart, and his final days in the league, lie.
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The Lakers are indeed sinking almost without a trace this season and, whilst not catastrophic just yet, they desperately need to start patching up the leaks before it is too late.
Head coach Byron Scott moved to do just that today with news that starters Jeremy Lin and Carlos Boozer have lost their place for the upcoming run of fixtures.
But although Kobe Bryant may well be glad to see a fresh supporting cast as he bids to almost single-handidly lead the Lakers up the standings there is no quick fix for this team.
Fortunately Kobe is under no illusions about the long-process ahead, and, as we have come to expect from one of the greats, he isn't searching for the rescue boat just yet.