Posted July 24, 2013 - 12:42 PM
LOL, we were 25-29 before Kobe had one of the greatest second halves of a season he has had in his career (29/6/7 on 46% FG, 39 MPG, 10 FTA/G). Our starting five went 0-7 together, and even if they had played a full 82 games, it would have been a losing record if it wasn't for Kobe's incredible display that may have ruined the rest of his career.
Every year, this happens. Always injuries. We would have beaten the Thunder if Kobe wasn't injured going in. We would have toppled the Mavericks if Gasol's hammy was okay. We would have beaten Boston in 2008 if we had Drew and Ariza. We would have won last year if our entire team wasn't hurt. We would have won in 2004 if Malone wasn't hurt, in 2003 if Shaq didn't get injured and lost us HCA over San Antonio, in 1989 if Magic and Scott didn't suffer injuries...etc.
Injuries play a small part most of the time, but we aren't good enough. We don't have the players, we don't have the coach, we don't have a prime Kobe to carry us. The Mavericks (2011), Thunder (2012) and the Spurs (2013) were going to beat our asses anyway, didn't matter who we put out on the floor and how healthy they were, because we went into one series thinking Dallas wouldn't destroy us from beyond the arc, went into another against two players that we could not defend and a coach that ran an offense through the wrong player, and into a third with a horrible coach and misused players.
It's clear as day what we are doing this season. We are saving money. We are looking to ride the wave into the 2014 free agency period. We are hoping that one of these players we acquired for cheap will pan out and be a nice roster addition in 2014-15. That's it. The overly-optimistic can believe what they want. The front office knows Kobe will be happy with the decision, especially since it meant us keeping Gasol and bringing in new talent and an old friend, but...ugh, it's just...every season.
I remember when Lakers fans were throwing foam fingers out on the court, booing the team, getting carried away because their ridiculous expectations weren't matched...one of the worst things I've seen an NBA team's fanbase do. Now do we realize why Dwight says what he does, or...?