As the NBA playoffs rage on, and the final four teams fight to bring the Larry O’Brien trophy to their respective fans and cities, Lakers fans are still trying to deal with the bitter disappointment of a failed season. We can, and probably will,spend the next few months trying to forget the mediocre season which ended with the thud of the proverbial broom, and being swept by the Spurs.
There were multiple things that led to the ultimate demise of this Lakers team. So many, that if piled on top of each other, it would begin to resemble a cheap imitation of a sky scraper.I am sure there are varying degrees of opinions as to which thing was worse than the other, and all hold a certain value as to why the Lakers performed as poorly as they did.
Some may say it was poor coaching, lack of cohesiveness, or a severe case of the injury bug. Others may be of the opinion the Lakers starters rarely played on the floor together, or that their team defense was horrific. And then there is that group of fans that may think the Lakers were just too old, too slow, and too selfish to ever achieve a championship this season.
When a team has this many things wrong with it, you can’t just sit still and do nothing if you expect to be better. Because the Lakers have never really had a history of taking too kindly to sub par seasons, I fully expect moves to be made. I don’t for one minute believe we will recognize this roster when next season rolls around. However, the one key question mark remains:
What in the world should the Lakers do with Dwight Howard? Do you hand him that enormous bag of money and bring him back? Does he walk away and sign with another team? Or do the Lakers put a package together with another team, admit they made a mistake with him, and ship him off? I am here to offer the pros and cons of why or why not the Lakers keep him or say goodbye.
Dwight Howard was coming off back surgery. He was not supposed to start playing until January, but came back earlier than expected. Therefore, he was never at full strength, and still put up decent offensive numbers. He should be back healthier and more agile next season.
Dwight Howard is a defensive force. He blocks shots, clogs the paint, rebounds, and can alter the course of a game.
In prior seasons, when health, he has put up big offensive numbers, and single handedly carried his team to victories.
He is physically gifted, and has the potential to be the best player at his position.
Dwight Howard is a one trick pony when it comes to offensive moves. He has not become a polished post up player, and poses no threat on the perimeter, and is only good for dunking the ball.
Dwight Howard doesn’t play the game with the pride and passion that you see in other players with half his God given abilities. He spends way too much time smiling and clowning around,which makes one wonder if he is capable of leading this Lakers team.
He is too moody, loves drama, and can’t seem to get beyond petty issues. He did not demonstrate the desire to sacrifice some of his game for the greater good of the Lakers. Instead, he spent time moaning and groaning about not getting enough touches.
He has no sense of Lakers tradition, and doesn’t really seem to care. He talks about wanting to win championships, but does he want to do the things it takes to get them?
Finally, and most importantly, he quit on his teammates in game four of the playoffs. With full knowledge that the Lakers were already severely short handed, he got himself ejected. Once again, putting himself in front of the issue at hand, which was winning the game.
So there you have it. Decide for yourself what you think. At the end of the day, the Lakers and Dwight are going to do what they want to do. The question is will either of them do the right thing for the right reasons?