I am not quite sure what to write about this Lakers team. I don’t want to be an alarmist and in fact, I don’t feel like one. I don’t feel like ranting and I don’t feel like trying to put a positive spin on things either. A smart man once told me to look in the window if I wanted answers. In other words, the best way to objectively and dispassionately observe, is to pretend that you are walking past a window. You stop and witness the situation at hand. Don’t try to spin what you see – you are only watching events unfold.
The Lakers have had a rough start. They have dealt with injuries, system uncertainty, coaching changes, more injuries and more system uncertainty. They aren’t quite treading water, they’re actually drifting backwards. They are losing more than they are winning, against good teams and against not so good teams. They haven’t had a particularly tough schedule, except that they have made it a tough schedule. They are a team of battle-tested veterans who have faced every imaginable adversity and challenge over their long collective careers. As a team, they are letting their season slowly slip away.
From ESPN.GO, Magic Johnson talks to reporters about the Lakers.
Jovan Buha for ESPN Lakers Index, offering the rapid reaction for last night’s loss.
Mike Bresnahan from the LA Times writes about last night, and the fall to 12th place in the west.
From Kevin Ding at the OCRegister; Kobe Bryant says this is his most challenging stretch of basketball in 17 years.
From Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don’t Lie, Coach D’Antoni gets testy with T.J. Simers.
It is only fair to include T.J. Simer’s response.
Mark Medina at the L.A. Daily News reports that Mitch Kupchak is trying to show patience.
From TrueHoop researcher John Fisher, The Lakers are 1 and 10 when Kobe scores 30 or more this season,
Drew Garrison at Silver Screen and Roll mentions the Lakers’ apparent interest in Delonte West.
Arielle Moyal at Lakers Nation writes about the importance of Nash, plus recaps and rumors.
Steve Nash may not yet be playing basketball but he is a member of a basketball team. He is known as a leader. He attends practices, he talks to his teammates, he makes suggestions. He is a smart guy. Pau Gasol is a smart guy. Kobe is a smart guy. Dwight is a smart guy. And there are other bright, experienced, intuitive players on this team as well. They know what they are doing wrong, and they will readily admit and explain what they are doing wrong. And there are moments when they correct their mistakes and there are moments when they play like they should. Until they don’t. Steve Nash will be back at some point and Pau Gasol will be back at some point. And the team’s fortunes may turn around. As a fan, I hope that’s the case. I hope the Lakers turn the page, and find another storyline.