The Los Angeles Lakers have had a pretty disastrous start to the 2014 NBA season.
The once great Lakers have already lost two-time MVP point guard Steve Nash and exciting rookie Julius Randle for the season thanks to back and leg injuries respectively.
The Lakers also got their behinds handed to them on opening day by a Houston Rockets side boasting former LA center Dwight Howard. Kobe Bryant put up 19 for the Lakers and Carlos Boozer added 17 on his debut, but it is someone else who Byron Scott is considering making the team's second scoring option behind Bryant, Jeremy Lin.
Terrible on Tuesday
Lin had an absolute no-show of game as the Lakers lost 108-90, as he shot 1 for 5 from the floor, ending up with just seven points in the game. Not exactly what you would expect from a player that will be your starting point guard for the rest of the season.
But still, despite the awful performance, Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders doesn’t believe that one poor game spells out what’s to come for Jeremy Lin for the remainder of the season, suggesting the point guard could step up and be the Los Angeles Lakers second option behind Kobe Bryant.
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2nd Scoring Option
"As we saw from the Lakers last night, this team needs someone to step up and be that second option alongside Kobe Bryant," Kennedy said. "Jeremy Lin may be able to be that person. This is an amazing opportunity for him in a contract year, as you mentioned, and I think he’ll do well."
As of right now, there is absolutely no sense to make Lin a legitimate huge part of your gameplan. Besides that spell he had in New York with the Knicks, Lin hasn't proven he can be a reliable scorer anywhere else.
But the Lakers do have a truly awful roster, that has absolute no chance of making the playoffs in the very tough Western Conference, and it could possibly come down to the former Harvard man to step up and back up Bryant on the box score.