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Preseason starts sooner than you think…
And here we stand with all 15 spots of our roster taken, no “big name” help for Kobe, and a bunch of injury rehabbing group of players. Yet we hear nothing?
Yes it’s the off-season but if you ask me, the whole purpose of the early hoopla was to motivate our players, light a fire under our front office. Yet here we are today, with Mitch Kupchak on vacation, Jerry Buss off somewhere exotic (I don’t really blame cause he’s always done that, you know left basketball operations in capable basketball hands… unfortunately today’s basketball hands are not so capable ), and Jim Buss scarily quiet.
Of course, earlier we did hear that Andrew Bynum is just impressing in his El Segundo workouts and the last news we heard was that Kobe is going to show up to camp. Which is undoubtedly good news, but not exactly mind blowing. But hey, it’s slow in Lakerland. Until of course, you realize why it shouldn’t be, why there should be no break for the bumbling, why phones must still be constantly be dialed.
We have not improved (much). Yes a year under the belt of our many young guys would be great, yes, the addition of Derek Fisher will be instrumental in stabilizing the guard position, and yes, Javaris Crittenton and Chris Mihm can help us. But we’re still pathetically slow, we’re still pathetically nonathletic, and our biggest kryptonite last season (defense) is left unmet.
These are things combined with disintegrating health, served to bury us little by little until Kobe went on a 50-point rampage last season. And yet in the new upcoming season, we have once again overlooked them.
I’m not asking for a miracle. I’m not even asking for specific players (I’ll leave that to the pundits) but I do ask that they keep working. Keep looking, keep analyzing, and keep the phones ringing*.
Instead we have a GM who is satisfied, and is going on vacation. Are you satisfied? I’m not.
*To be fair I have no personal knowledge that they’re not ringing the phones even though Mitch K is on vacation, though the silence is deafening.