This season was supposed to be the beginning of another Lakers Dynasty. After back to back seasons of losing in the 2nd round of the playoffs the Lakers did something about it. The Lakers went out and acquired Steve Nash and Dwight Howard to go along with Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol.
Dwight Howard is coming off of back surgery and has not looked like himself all season. The Lakers stumbled out of the gates with 0-8 record in the pre-season and a 1-4 strart to the season that cost Mike Brown his job.
LA flirted with the idea of bringing back legendary coach Phil Jackson before coming to the conclusion that a Mike Dantoni and Steve Nash reunion could actually work better. The Lakers find themselves in 10th place at the all-star break with a record of 25-29.
The talks of winning 60, 70 games and dominating to the championship are long gone. Now the hard truth is “Will the Lakers even make the 8th seed?” Bryant and the Lakers will most likely need to finish the season with a 20-8 record to get the projected 45 wins it should take to qualify for the playoffs.
There is a chance at history for these Lakers this season, both good and bad. They could become one of the biggest flops in NBA history by missing the playoffs or they could finish the season strong and win the championship without home-court advantage.
“I have seen signs of life the last few weeks. Guys have to take a hard look at themselves in the mirror and think about how badly they want this.”-Bryant recently said. Kobe knows at 34 years old in his 17th season that his time is limited. “I still believe we can win the championship this year. Everyone else has to believe as well.”-Bryant said.
For the last 28 games of the regular season it’s now or never for these LA Lakers.