Photo: Noah Graham/NBAE/Getty Images
Photo: Noah Graham/NBAE/Getty Images

As we all do from time to time, we like to take a peek at ourselves in the mirror. Whether it’s just a quick peek, or a long lasting gaze, we still look. It’s not because we have forgotten what we look like, but rather because we just want to make sure nothing drastic has changed. It’s all about cosmetics. How we look, ultimately drives our emotions about how we feel about ourselves.

The mirror is an object that reflects light in a way that preserves much of its original quality. If what we see looks good to us, no sense changing what is working. If the reflection bouncing back toward our face is not what we had in mind, then we are motivated to do something about it, and quick.

The Lakers have been looking into their mirror ever since they got swept out of the playoffs by the Spurs. The reflections they have been seeing have probably been changing about as rapidly as Dwight Howard has been meeting with other teams he would  like to play for. The mere mention of Howard’s name, and the distinct possibility his zip code could be changing real soon, is enough to make the Lakers start thinking about how to start making themselves look better.

Let’s not forget about the fact Earl Clark has an opportunity to sign elsewhere and get his payday. The Cleveland Cavaliers have already begun the process of  visualizing what they would look like with him in their front court. Chris Duhon is no longer a Laker, and there is a real strong probability that Darius Morris, Devin Ebanks, Andrew Goudelock, and Antawn Jamison will be jettisoned as well. Ryan Kelly was drafted, and who knows which free agents will find themselves in Hollywood for the upcoming season.

Whatever happens from here on out, one thing is apparent. Whatever those quality images preserved by the mirror from last years team were, they are becoming blurred. Only time will tell if the Lakers remain content with what they see, or become disenchanted with their looks, and decide to change their self image for the better.

Many have said the Lakers organization has always been one of reloading, not rebuilding. Translated, they have always made the necessary personnel moves to stay within reach of an NBA title. I have no reason to believe they will change their strategy. So, as the Lakers stand in front of the mirror, what do they see? A bright, shiny reflection, with a hope of better things to come? Or does the mirror have a slight crack in it? Perhaps foreshadowing trials and tribulations ahead?

As they say, “the mirror doesn’t lie”.