A Keith Olbermann-style Special Comment regarding Laker Basketball:
I did not see a 29-point blowout coming.
Unfortunately, I am not imbued with the same type of unwavering confidence that is possessed by, say, Uncle Vic the Brick. I expect a close game, or, dare I say, a loss every once in awhile.
I am aware that it is absolutely asinine to assume that the Lakers (5-0) will roll to an 82-0 record over the course of the season. It is absurd to even expect them to win 70 games.
Yet, over the last five contests, I have found myself looking to the heavens, gazing into the cosmos, wondering what it all means. What do these blowouts and boatraces signify? How long will it continue? WHEN WILL THEY LOSE?! This lack of drama and intrigue so far in the young season has led to a sort of malaise for me. I clamor for a close game. I itch for a contest that comes down to the last possession.
And, despite the culture of “win forever” that has developed in Lakerland, I cannot say I know of a team, beyond the Boston Celtics, that can beat the 2008-09 Los Angeles Lakers. And this air of inevitability and juggernaut status may eventually be the Achilles Heel of this team.
But, the thing to remember is: despite the seemingly unstoppable nature of this team, they will play out the reminder of their schedule, and their opponents will suit up and play them.
The plea I bring forth towards the readers of the Lakers Nation, is that we do not prematurely crown our team. That would sully and cheapen the experience of fandom. Focus on one game at a time.
And tonight, that focus is solely on the Dallas Mavericks (2-4), a team who is struggling to find its identity after last season’s mind-boggling Jason Kidd trade.
The Mavericks have issues that go far beyond Josh Howard’s idiotic musings at charity football games. The Mavs have an aging roster and few prospects (they gave them all away to New Jersey). If you cannot tell by now, I was a huge opponent of the Jason Kidd trade. It forced the Mavericks into a stylistic purgatory compounded with the hire of Rick Carlisle as head coach; the Mavericks are a franchise in disarray.
As previously stated, the Lakers come into their first extended road trip on the heels of another boatrace, this time against the “elite” Houston Rockets in which the Lakers held them to 34- second half points and also limited Tracy McGrady to a paltry 3-points. With each passing contest, the vast divide between the Lakers and the rest of the league becomes more and more apparent.
- National: NBATV (Local Audio)
- Los Angeles: KCAL 9 (Joel Myers & Stu Lantz)
- Dallas: TXA21 (Mark Followill & Brad Davis)
- Los Angeles: AM570 KLAC (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
- Mavericks: ESPN 103.3 FM (Chuck Cooperstein & Bob Ortegel)
Lakers: None to report.
- Questionable: Josh Howard (Wrist)
Minutemen: If you thought last year’s “Bench Mob” was good, meet this season’s “Minutemen”. They are simply exhausting teams. Most NBA benches are designed to provide a rest for star players, without generally expecting a lead to be extended. The Laker bench, however, is conditioned to not only hold a lead, but to blow a game wide open.
The slashing of Trevor Ariza, the sniper-like shooting of Sasha Vujacic, the jaw-dropping versatility of Lamar Odom and the pixie point guard stylings of Jordan Farmar, compounded with either Pau Gasol or Andrew Bynum in the middle makes for a lineup that could easily solidify a top 5 record in the Eastern Conference.
It’s not fair.
Ojos de Devean: Just make sure you take a second and gaze into Devean George’s insano green eyes. Legend holds, that if you look into his eyes for 5 uninterrupted minutes, you see how you will die.
Varsity Challenge –
(Prize: A hair brushing session with Phil Jackson)
Who designed the Dallas Mavericks alternate uniforms?