How “BAD” Are The Lakers?

It’s been a tough season for the Los Angeles Lakers. First, they have their blockbuster Chris Paul trade vetoed by NBA commissioner David Stern, only to watch Paul get traded to the Clippers. Then they lose two straight pre-season games against the same Clippers.  They then traded Sixth Man of the Year, Lamar Odom to conference rival Dallas Mavericks for a trade exception and some magic beans.

Laker Nation has been in turmoil ever since.

Everyone has been complaining about head coach Mike Brown and his system, Kobe Bryant and his shot selection, Andrew Bynum and inconsistency, the bench and their inability to hold a lead, and a plethora of other issues.

The most troubling fact this season is the Lakers sorry road record, which stands at 7-14. When the Lakers were winning championships they had one of the best road records in the league. Championship caliber teams can win on the road.

But are the Lakers really a “bad” team? Or are have Lakers fans just been spoiled the last few years? Take a quick look at their record. Currently, Lakers are 24-16 (60% win rate), tied for first in the Pacific Division and are the fourth seed in the Western Conference. Not bad for a team that has had so much drama and road woes this season.

But Lakers fans aren’t looking for Division titles, they are looking for Championships. Titles are all that count. Anything less is a failure.

By any other standard, the Lakers are having a successful season; they have a good shot at winning their division and will make the playoffs. Any other team and their fans would be happy with that. Just look how delirious Clippers fans are.

The trade deadline is rapidly approaching and maybe the Lakers front office can pull out a trade that will send the Lakers to the NBA Finals. That is the only way the fans will consider this a “winning” season.

Lakers In A “Must Win” Tonight?

The citizens of Laker Nation may be panicking right about now. After blowing a 16 point second quarter lead in Game 1 against the Dallas Mavericks, the Los Angeles Lakers find themselves facing the possibility of going down 0-2 to theMavs.

A quick look at Game 1 will tell you that the Lakers lost that game more than the Mavs won. After building a 16  point third quarter lead the Lakers turned into a team I like to call the Bored Lakers. they seemingly went to sleep and let theMavs right back in the game. And if it wasn’t for an ill-timed foul by Pau Gasol, this game may have turned out differently.

This Laker team seems to only play well when its back is against the wall. We have seen it all season. Right now they couldn’t be any closer to the wall unless they were in it.

After Game 1 it was pretty easy to tell that Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher were  pretty pissed. These two are the unquestioned leaders of this team. And when both of them are mad, you know everyone is getting yelled at. And maybe thats just what this Laker team needs.

I expect everyone to play a full 48 minutes tonight. And if they don’t they will have to deal with the Wrath of Kobe.

And nobody wants to deal with that.

Prediction: Lakers 102 Mavs 93