Every week, our staff writers chime in on the trending topics, rumors and storylines surrounding the Lakers. In today’s State of the Nation, they answer five questions that will ultimately decide the fate of the Lakers.
True or False: The ’12-13 Lakers season can still be salvaged?
Jordan Grant // @JordanGrant90:
True, but highly unlikely. Hard to see the Lakers going on the run necessary to pull it off. For a while I was confident they would get things together, but there hasn’t been any improvement.
Matevz Rojc // @MatevzRojc:
True. Margin of error is really small, but when you look at the players they have, it is possible. It’s all up to Mike D’Antoni’s willingness to adapt his coaching to this team. Health also plays a factor here when you look at the age of this roster. D’Antoni needs to somehow minimize the minutes played for Kobe and Nash. Also, now is the time for the Lakers to show some consistency. If they don’t do that in the games before the All-Star break, the gap for a playoff spot will close.
Jon Gaffer // @jewelslamo:
False. For me it was championship or bust with this team. The talent simply hasn’t lived up to the hype, so unless they win it all, the season won’t be salvaged, it will be wasted.
Garrett Garcia // @GarrettGarcia:
False. At this point in the season, the Lakers haven’t shown anyone they are capable of turning this around anytime soon. They’d have to play about .700 basketball from this point on to make a strong push, which is highly unlikely.
Melvin Taylor // @PastPossible30:
True. Call me stubborn, but if the Lakers move the ball how they have been (a la Kobe), I still believe they can make something special out of this year.
Felipe Amaral // @F_Amaral:
True, but only if salvaged means going to the playoffs. If the Lakers keep playing with the same energy level and ball-movement ability that we’ve seen in the last two victories, they will eventually get within the 8th seed in the West and secure a playoff spot. But to reach June, the Lakers must continue to show signs of improvement with consistency if they’re going to have any shot in a series against elite teams like Miami, San Antonio and Oklahoma City.
Alex Lambeth // @AlexLambeth:
True. Despite their terrible month of January, the Lakers are still only 4 games back of the 8th seed in the Western Conference. With Kobe Bryant relishing his new facilitating role and Pau Gasol accepting his sixth man role, the Lakers may now be able to develop some chemistry and momentum, and climb back into the playoff race.
James Cypert // @JamesCypert:
If Kobe Bryant can continue to put together near-triple doubles every night, the Lakers can make a postseason trip a formality. That’s a huge “if”, but in the last two games, the Lakers are 2-0 with Bryant putting up 14-14-9 and 21-14-9 performances.
Oren Levy // @LakersOren:
True. Impressive wins over the Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder over the weekend (with Kobe doing his best Magic Johnson impression) have breathed new life into these Lakers. The Grammy trip is coming up, which will either be a springboard for the Lakers to unite and rise, or will drop them out of the playoff race for good.
Anna Gonda // @AnnaLBG:
True. Anything is possible, but because they’ve put themselves into such a deep hole more than halfway through the season, the Lakers not only have to win almost every game ahead, but the teams above them (namely Utah, Houston and Portland) have to start losing as well.
Robert Benitez // @beeb0:
True, but it won’t be easy. Houston gave the Lakers a nice gift in the form of a losing streak, but if the Lakers want to make the playoffs, they have to keep their level of intensity up. The past 2 games were great, but as we’ve seen, they have a tendency of giving us high hopes, only to break us back down again.
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