Point being is, as I said above, I'm not a panic type fan who switches opinions from game to game.
This is real regardless if cheerleading positive thinkers believe it or not so please check the Tony Robbins stuff at the door and be practical.
Right now our team is playing like garbage. It pains me to say it but c'mon...a loss to the Bobcats by 10?
Granted our all-time record vs. Charlotte is only 4-5 for reasons nobody can comprehend I'm sure....maybe those games meant nothing. Maybe the Lakers feel that way about the remaining games this season. But now they find themselves 3 games behind the Cavs and only 2 games ahead of Boston for Home Court in the Finals. I believe after last year’s Finals experience the team wouldn’t be that short sighted to not care about H/C throughout. Especially since that what Phil Jackson has been talking about all season every time somebody asks the question: "how did you pull the team together after last year’s loss to Boston". His answer is always "it’s a new year, playing hard and getting H/C to increase our odds". Add in KB & Fish's 2004 Finals loss experience to Detroit and I think it goes w/o question they know what’s up.
So forgive me if I sound disheartened. I do not believe a championship is foreseeable if the team continues to play with no aggression, no urgency and no HEART. I wish the West race was closer so they would be forced to play more competitively to close the season. The last 10 games is when it’s time to make a statement and build momentum/confidence/chemistry heading into the postseason......the reality is that right now we have little. And now Bynum’s return is supposed to change that....I hope so. But honestly I think the team is going to be more out of sync than now in dealing with all the adjustments that will be made (i.e. Pau back to PF, Lamar back to bench, Ariza, Luke, ???)
To sit back and say, the Lakers have the best roster so it’s wrapped up is naive. Here’s another roster that was superior to the entire league at the time,
That’s the 2004 roster that lost to Detroit in the Finals in only 5 games.
The ring goes to the team that wants it the most. And except maybe Pau, I see no heart in LA's play right now.