What the Lakers lack is energy

L.A. Times: Now for the losers, er, Lakers . . .

Unhappily — or not — for the defending champions, they can’t go unbeaten on their East Coast trip as they did last season with wins in Boston and Cleveland, after which they congratulated themselves and went on cruise control the rest of the way.

The Cavaliers, the upstarts who upended them again last week, have an ongoing case of “Stick-it-to-The-Man-eosis,” like the kids in “School of Rock.”

The Lakers are The Man, having overcome an ongoing case of “What-us-worry-eosis” that recurred in last spring’s second-round debacle against Houston, when Trevor Ariza noted, “We thought we could win on sheer talent.”

Dismayed by losing to the Cavaliers, Kobe Bryant questioned his teammates’ toughness, but it’s even more basic.

Pau Gasol was, is, and will always be a finesse player — or as it’s called after big losses, “soft”– but the Lakers are bigger than the Cavaliers.

Shaquille O’Neal is a massive presence but no Bill Laimbeer-type menace. Zydrunas Ilgauskas is as physical as Gasol.

After that, it’s Anderson Varejao, a major energy guy, versus Ron Artest, who has taken on entire arenas.

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  • http://57.amklac KOBES LITTLE PENE

    they`ve lost the hunger…the leardership was always a question mark with some high-schooler leading the way.he`s not leader he`s a scorer.

  • http://theLakersNation laffs atu

    lebronx? hes a high schooler and a nigga that is only worried bout his stats.
    when he was eliminated in the playoffs, he wasnt pissed off that he lost, he was pissed cause he didnt get extra games to improve his stats and dance around.

    he smoked weed, what a great fucken leader and role model he is.

    • Green Flannel

      whose side are you on? first you hate the lakers now lebron just make up your mind and stick to that.

      • http://TheLakersNation laffs atu

        well i do suck lebrons dick extra hard, but then again, i do love seeing kobe fuck up the queen when they play… i love lebron for his dick. its so big and juicy… does that answer your question?