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!