Instead of my traditional post game report, it’s time for my post-season report.

As a Lakers fan, you have to be happy with what this team accomplished in 2008. The Lakers won arguably the best conference ever, with there being several teams over .500 and out of the playoffs. The Lakers also rolled right through the playoffs until the Finals. And with Gasol in the lineup, including the playoffs, they still only lost 12 games total.

It was definitely a fun season to be apart of as a Lakers fan. From opening night and Bynum’s dominance to Kwame’s departure and the Lakers 14-7 playoff record… it was a fun season.

Lakers Nation represented this year as every day during the Finals I saw at least a dozen Laker car flags on my ten minute route to work. You know life is good and your team is good, when fans are disappointed after losing in the NBA Finals. We have been spoiled by the L.A. greatness.

Another positive thing to look at… for the last few years, the off seasons have been long. Very long. This year, its already June, Kobe will be playing with Team U.S.A. and before you know it, training camp will be here.

Now, the bests of the season…

Top 3 Laker Performers -

1) Hmm… I wonder who performed the best this season. Could it be the MVP of the NBA? I think so… Kobe Bryant had a season and a half in 2008. HIS playoff stats included 30.1 PPG on 48% shooting. He also had 5.6 assists per game, 5.7 boards, and 1.7 steals. He basically did it all for us. In the regular season he still put up 28.3 PPG on 46% shooting, 6.3 boards, 5.4 assists and 1.84 steals.

2) Pau Gasol was very soft in the Finals, but we might not be there without his defense on Duncan and his 17 points, 9.3 boards, 4 assists, and 1.9 blocks in the playoffs. 69% from the FT line killed us though!

3) Even though Bynum didn’t play much, without him, the season might have been over in December. He gave us hope all season. His 13.1 PPG, 10.2 boards, 2.06 blocks on 64% FG shooting is insane for a 20 year old.

Lakers Smush of the day (Note: STD denotes the Laker that played the poorest): This is tough to point out now that Kwame is gone. I think Luke Walton just had as poor of a season as you can. 7.2 PPG in 23 mins in the regular season and only 2.9 assists per 1.35 turnovers isn’t good enough if he is known for passing… His playoffs weren’t much better.

Key Play of the Year: Kwame packing his bags for Memphis.

What to Look for Next Year: Look for the Lakers to maybe shake things up a bit. I think Bynum, Gasol, and Kobe are set as starters, but I’m not 100% sure about the SF and PG positions. I don’t mind Fisher at the point, but can Lamar play the SF position consistently? Will Vlad Rad, Luke, Ariza, and Karl still be on the team if Lamar is the starting SF?

Next game is a long ways away at 7:30 PM (let me know if you need any tickets for this one). :-)

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Lakers in ’09!

  • vida8

    Nice.

  • http://- Kobefan11

    I liked that you wrote down everything,whats important,but you didn’t write a looooooong article! Nice work!

  • http://thelakersnation.com/blog/?page_id=2373 Jonny

    hey Avery,

    good article, the link to your website was broken but i went ahead and fixed it for you.

    great website by the way :)

  • xxv112002

    “Key Play of the Year: Kwame packing his bags for Memphis.”

    -Actually, we could’ve used Kwame in the Finals as a PF/Bruiser. He could’ve provided rebounds, toughness as a bruiser, helped Pau clog the lane. Would’ve put Lamar on SF duty. But just don’t use him on offense and we could’ve won that series.

    Remember, Phil Jackson said when Kwame was traded is what he will miss is Kwame’s big body. Kwame knocks people around. And that’s what Phil Jacksons been stressing about the whole year is that he wants players to be a little more tough. Is that he is lacking a “bad guy”.

  • http://www.deluxpro.com BuyLakersTickets

    Yes We need a bad guy.. Ron Artest!!!

  • Brandon

    Honorable mention for play of the year must be Brian Cook’s departure as well. He was useless.

  • xxv112002

    1. Ron Artest
    2. Anderson Varejao
    3. Mickael Peitrus
    4. Richard Jefferson

    These guys are the ones the Lakers should consider looking at. Although Richard Jefferson is kind of a softy, he should be good at the SF position. But Im not sure about his defense though.

  • PauKobeBynumOdomDynasty

    I like your key play of the year…even better is that you kept that even above Kobe winning MVP!

    I want Odom here guys…he’s a very versatile forward and he will cause trouble for other teams….

    Imagine this…a 5 on 5 game with the starting 5 Lakers against any team in the league…lets say Boston

    Kobe WILL need to be double teamed…leaving a 4 on 3, then Pau sometimes will get double teamed…leaving a 3 on 1. And the 3 are Fisher, Bynum, and Odom…who all have the capability to step up in games. So Odom should stay..

    If Kupcake needed to ship anyone…maybe radman, mbenga, and mihm for a good range shooter

  • vintij

    Its suppose to be the “off season report” because the “post season” report makes it sound like the playoffs.

  • http://myspace.com/lakersdynasty999 Steve Avery

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    Thanks Jonny!

    and

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    it technically is post-season…after the season…maybe post-finals report is better

    My off season report will be coming next week

  • DieHardFan

    Great article. Not sure if they should trade Lamar. If the Lakers need a defensive big man then why not trade him for Tyrus Thomas and Heinrich? If they need a SF who can shoot and defend I would try and get Richard Jefferson and try and get artest with MLE.

  • T.A.

    I am telling you we should consider:

    Mike Miller
    Jason Maxiell
    Antonio McDyess
    Richard Jefferson
    Corey Maggette
    Stephen Jackson

  • http://www.modenadude.com/ThaDogg Imadogg

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    Ewwww. Kwame? Do you remember who he is? Celtics probably would’ve given him Finals MVP for helping them out so much.

    I was saying after the first 2 games to put DJ in the game, at least test him out. Instead, Phil went with Mihm. Ah what can you do…

  • ab4sure

    To sum up the real reason we lost was becuz of Dbricks…

    http://thelakersnation.com/blog/2008/02/25/lakers-your-2008-nba-champs/

    Message to Dbricks… “I TOLD YOU SO” .. OOOPS… wasn’t that what you were going to say to us???

    Please can we stop the predicting for next year. No Lakers 2009 champs. Look at the supposedly great analysts… almost all predicting a laker ship. So many people eating crow or Humble pie. I would rather taste what KG is tasting. And for those of you KG bashers (have to respect the DPOY) who said he would never win a title. I think he got the last laugh.

  • http://hzmdesigns.com hZm

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    We lost because of DBricks?

  • ab4sure

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    Let’s put it this way… Please say to your fellow writer… NO MORE PREDICTIONS!!!!!! Why give your enemy any ammo??? yes… he contributed to the enemy. Sometimes fans and players get too cocky and in the end it bites them in the AZZ….

  • ab4sure