As Laker fans I think we approach the off-season with anticipation and excitement. Waiting everyday to turn on the TV and see a move the Lakers made. Big or small, we are just hoping and waiting patiently for something. No, it doesn’t have to be Kevin Garnett, or Jermaine, but give us something. The first thing that comes to mind when I think about the current state of the Lakers is “Frustration”. I feel like nothing is being done up in the front office. Sure, we hear a rumor here or a rumor there, however, nothing more than speculation.
Watching the Phoenix series, I found myself looking at the Suns bench, and then looking over at the Lakers current bench at the time. I looked at the players not even playing for the Suns, not even in D’Antoni’s rotation knowing if they were on the Lakers they would start. Take a guy like Marcus Banks. How many minutes did he get in the playoffs? Yeah I know I can probably count them on two hands. He would be our starting point guard if he was on the Lakers. Even take a guy like Jalen Rose, this is a guy that rather be in the booth with Kenny and Charles then be playing a NBA basketball game. Sad to say, Jalen Rose would probably start or be a sixth man type of guy for the Lakers. The fact of the matter is that our roster back in the playoffs and currently is very weak compared to the contenders out west. I bet even Eric Piatkowski would get some PT for Phil Jackson. I know it’s sad to say but unfortunately it’s true.
To build a contender, you have to start bringing pieces in. It starts a domino effect of talent. The Lakers around the league last year and currently are not known as a championship contender. That alone will make us fall out of the picture when it comes to free agent signing. A guy like Chris Webber, he knew that the Lakers weren’t in the running for a championship so he went to a contender the Pistons. Why would a guy like Billups leave the Pistons for the Lakers? Our situation currently is no way near the squad they have in Detroit.
I know the finals are still going, and there hasn’t been a lot of signing or trades throughout the league. But the Lakers need to start making noise and let it be known that they are serious about making this team a serious contender. As users have mentioned, if they bring a guy in like a Mo Williams, maybe find a way to steal Artest out of Sac town. Then that right there can lure other good players to the Lakers. The current roster we have now is not pleasing to Kobe Bryant, or anybody else for that matter.
As far as Johnny Buss, opening his mouth. Give me a break; let’s not look too much into a guy like Johnny for our latest Lakers news. As far as I’m concerned the last I heard from Jerry Buss, the OWNER of the Los Angeles Lakers, is that he will do everything in his power to build a contender with Kobe Bryant as the main piece. That is what I’m going off of as a Lakers fan. However, what I find concerning is the repost of Kobe’s TRUTH over at kb24.com. Where he says , “The more I thought about the future, the more I became convinced that the Lakers and me just have two different visions for the future.” Although that was written right after his trade demands his TRUTH statement has been re-released just 4 days ago. Telling me that not too much has changed.
To show Kobe, and specifically the fans that they are serious about keeping Kobe and bringing prominent pieces in they need to make a move BEFORE the draft which is at the end of this month. June 28th to be exact. If the Lakers pull a Patriots and bring a big name like Moss for a draft pick. Let’s say 19th and Kwame for Artest, then we as Laker nation have something to cheer about. But as a Laker fan the waiting has become tiresome, and mentally draining. We need something to be excited about and need something NOW.