Just because no one is expecting us to do any thing doesn't make a playoff spot easier to achieve. Talent and coaching are two aspects that we lack in comparison to 80% of the WC. Kobe could have a healthy return but regardless he is 36 yrs old. His athleticism was seriously declining before he got hurt the 1st time. He rarely attacked the hoop and doesn't have the burst to get the same type of separation on pull up jumpers. Becoming a player who has to use the triple threat...multiple head fakes...ball screens and hopefully movement without the ball..he won't look like the Kobe your hoping to see. Kobe isn't 28 and won't be able to score enough points to keep the Lakers in most games next year.
Regardless of who we sign we will have a D grade SF and acceptable but no very formidable front line complimented by an underwhelming backcourt. Best aspects of this team with be it's depth at the 1 and the 4. However lack of scoring punch and the inability to defend any one on the perimeter will make it very difficult to win games. If we don't sign a SF no one should be comfortable seeing Nick Young starting. One of the worst defenders in the NBA who is a volume shooter and far from an efficient offensive player. Nick gets his numbers but his shot selection is often crazy and he lives by the jump shot. This team is barely a C on the athleticism scale while many in the WC sit at a B or better. I fear all those scrambles for loose balls...alley oops...lightening quick fast break opportunities and offensive rebounds will most likely be coming from teams the Lakers are playing and not the Lakers themselves.
Edited by WeNeedVanExcel, July 18, 2014 - 04:13 AM.