I just hope this motivation provides determination, energy, and focus for the Lakers this upcoming season. Last year the Lakers seemed severely disengaged during some games. Remember the home game against the Wizards? The Lakers had a huge lead, seemed completely passive afterwards, and ended up losing the game by three or so points. If the focus and energy can be channeled towards our defensive efforts, perhaps we'll see a more sound team with chemistry.
The Lakers won't contend unless we magically have 11-12 Nash, 09-10 Gasol, a healthy Kobe, a strong bench and a tough defense unit as a team.
But we can use the motivation to stay on the same page and at least attain the 7th or 8th seed, whereas ESPN ranked us as 12th. Just making the playoffs would be a huge statement.
It's a season of high hopes, low expectations.