L.A.’s loss in the NBA Finals may hurt, but the team has a lot going for it. On the off-season to-do list: Look for experienced help up front and in the backcourt.
L.A. Times: Once the sting from losing to Boston in this year’s NBA Finals fades, the Lakers will appreciate the success they had over the 2007-08 season.
For the first time since Shaquille O’Neal was traded to Miami in 2004, the Lakers won the Western Conference championship, and they did it with one of the league’s youngest rosters.
And the best thing? The Lakers reached the Finals without promising 21-year-old center Andrew Bynum, who missed the playoffs because of a midseason knee injury.
So in many ways, the Lakers have to be considered a year ahead of schedule in their quest for a 15th NBA championship.
But hold on. Don’t dust off the trophy case yet, because titles are not won that easily and in competitive sports nothing is guaranteed.
That’s why for 2008-09, the Lakers need to aggressively address a few cracks in their game exposed by the Celtics in this year’s Finals.