After a 0-3 start, the Los Angeles Lakers earned their first win of the season as they drubbed the also win-less Detroit Pistons at Staples Center 108-79. Dwight Howard had 28 points on 12-14 shooting. Kobe Bryant added 15 points and 8 assists. The Lakers offense looked as if it found it’s mojo. The defense was swarming and overwhelmed Detroit, making them shoot 35% from the field. And everyone was saying that the Lakers looked to have turned the corner and were on their way to putting together a winning streak.
Someone forgot to tell this to the Utah Jazz.
The Jazz, having an identical season record to the Lakers, let it be known from tip-off that they were going to be the team walking out victorious as they dropped the Lakers to 1-4 with a 95-86 win. This isn’t the dominant, championship calibar start that a team casting the likes of Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol was supposed to get off to. This was a team built to run over any and all comers that dared come across the Purple and Gold and bring the Larry O’Brien trophy back to Tinsel Town. Instead, Los Angeles most beloved team sits in the cellar of the Western Conference.
Some people say it’s the offense that’s to blame. Others say it’s the coaching. Whatever it may be, impatience and frustration is definitely rearing its ugly head throughout the Laker Nation. After all, history shows that no team starting the NBA season 1-4 has ever won an NBA Championship. The silver lining in all this is the FACT that this is a very talented Laker team that is still trying to get healty and still trying to get to know each other.
But this is very unfamiliar territory for the Lakers and its fans. And if things continue to slide as they have been, and the Lakers continue to reside in last place in West, the Buss family will have some tough decisions to make.