The Lakers time is now. It’s just that simple. For the first time since Shaq departed, Kobe and company have won over 50 games. With the return of Bynum and Ariza inching closer with each second, we will be as close to full strength as possible.
We have the talent. Do we have the work ethic and desire? It’s time to see if the Lakers can make it back to the Promise Land.
At the beginning of the season, who would have thought this would be possible. The team looked like an ABA team in pre-season, Kobe looked disinterested in even being there in Hawaii, players were talking like Kobe was already traded, and every member of Lakers Nation wanted to throw basketballs at the entire Buss Family; well, except for Jeanie.
Then something amazing happened. Kobe did not get traded, and just played basketball. That’s all he cared about, that’s all the entire team cared about. And boy were they playing well! They were the dark horse team in the West, as Kobe’s new found trust with his teammates had people reassessing their thoughts of what kind of player Mr. Bryant really was.
Heartbreak would then hit the Lakers like the comet hitting the earth in the movie Deep Impact. Andrew Bynum landed on Lamar Odom and went down to a knee injury for which was supposed to be 8 weeks. Trevor Ariza broke his foot shortly after, and the Lakers had more questions than answers as a season that looked so bright, now looked so dim.
After a epic 9 game road trip got started off on the wrong foot, with a heart breaking loss in Detroit, the Lakers did something that could have never been predicted. They landed Pau Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies for Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittenton, and draft picks. A trade that is called one of the most one-sided trades that the League had ever seen.
The swagger was back in La-La Land. The Lakers went on to go an unprecedented 7-2 run on the longest road trip in franchise history.
An ankle injury that sidelined Pau Gasol for 9 games took a lot of bounce out of the Lakers step, however the Lakers stayed right near the top of the West.
With 4 games to go, we still have a one game lead over the Phoenix Suns, and still have a shot, (even though it’s a long shot, after the poor performance in Portland) to win the West.
Kobe Bryant has been the glue that has kept this team together. Playing through numerous injuries, really showing the warrior that he is. Without a doubt the reemergence of the Los Angeles Lakers into the Western Conference elite makes him the rightful MVP this season. However Lakers fans have been chanting MVP ever since Phil Jackson came back as head coach, as Kobe has played on that high of a level.
The reality of it is, Kobe probably won’t get the MVP. As people who hate him will find an excuse that makes no sense to us on why Chris Paul, Kevin Garnet, or LeBron James should get. I wouldn’t be surprised if Kobe finished 4th in the voting. Like Scoop Jackson from ESPN said, “Kobe is to the MVP, what Ralph Nader is to the Presidency.” He will never get no love. How sad it is.
Lakers fans need not be discouraged, because all this does is bring a Kobe Bryant that much more motivated and focused into the Playoffs, and makes the Lakers that much more dangerous.
No doubt about it, Our Time is here. Our Time is now. Kobe “The best player never to win, and probably never will win the MVP” Bryant has what he has always wanted a contender. Bynum and Ariza returns are around the corner.
How good is the Lakers team? We are about to find out!
Our Time Is Now by Tim-4-Show