The Hard Life of the Los Angeles Lakers
January 25th 2013 08:11
Somewhere in the world JaMarcus Russell is sitting back and smiling. He is no longer the biggest bust in sports history thanks to this year Los Angeles Lakers. When the Lakers acquired Steve Nash and Dwight Howard in the offseason they thought they had established themselves as legitimate championship contenders.
The Lakers thought they had put together the best starting five of all time with three sure fire Hall of Famers in Kobe Bryant (five-time champion, fifteen time All-Star, MVP), Steve Nash (six-time All-Star, two-time MVP), and Dwight Howard (seven-time all-star, three-time Defensive Player of the Year). And the other two guys that round out the starting five, how about four-time All-Star Pau Gasol and former Defensive Player of the Year Metta World Peace?
Going into this year NBA’s season, expectations for Los Angeles’ super team were sky high. World Peace’s goal for the team: "Well, we definitely want to win 73 games." That would have been an NBA record. Instead, half way through the season the Lakers are the owners of a very mediocre 17-24 record. Max Kellerman of ESPN LA may have worded it best -- "This is the largest disappointment in NBA history. You can build super teams that don't gel in the NFL. Not in the NBA. Never has there been a team assembled like the Lakers that has performed so poorly, ever."
The Miami Heat are no strangers to hype and expectations. When the Miami Heat assembled the Big Three of LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade, it was championship or bust. By their own standards, Miami’s Heatles were a bust in their first year together falling to Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals in six games, but at least Miami’s ‘super team’ made it to the finals.
With each loss this year’s Los Angeles Lakers are further establishing themselves as of one of the greatest debacles in sports history. Going into this season it was championship or bust for the Los Angeles Lakers. Now the question is not whether or not the Lakers will win a championship. The question is instead whether or not the Lakers will even make the playoffs and only one person seemingly has the answer to that question, his name is Jim Mora.
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