The lakers opened up their regular season against the new bully in LA, the Los Angeles Clippers. It’s weird saying that because in past years the clippers have been horrible, i mean HORRIBLE. The clippers are now a powerhouse in the west and are a favorite to win the NBA championship. So since Kobe is still out and the Lakers really dont have a go to scorer, they were supposed to get killed right? wrong… role players like Jordan Hill and Jordan Farmar really stepped up their game, catching the clippers off guard in what turned out to be a route of the hometown hero Clippers.
Since Kobe Bryant, the lkaers have yet to actually take a young player and develop him fully intoa star. Since Kobe was drafted by the hornets and then aquired via trade by the Lakers for the rights to Vlade Diavac, The lakers havent had an actual “project” to develop. Why would you though? Being the primary hot spot for premier talent, The Lakers can pick anyone they want up through free agency, which includes the great Lebron James. He still isnt out of the question, but ther are people that say Lebron could end up in hollywood. Honestly I think Carmelo has a better chance of ending up in Los Angeles.
This is the first year that Kobe hasnt had another superstar with him since the post-shaq era. He is surrounded by shooters and role players that are willing to contribute to the team in anyway, shape or form. The only big names on the roster besides kobe is the ever aging steve nash, who has had some trouble finding the fountain of youth, and the spaniard, Pau Gasol. Other than that role players like NIck young, Jodie meeks, Chris Kaman, and Jordan Farmar will be looking to contribute any way they can. With the team placed on the Black Mamba’s shoulders, the wold will be watching as Kobe and his Lakers will try and make some noise in the NBA.
The Great Forum! was the Lkaers home for around 30 years, hosting some of the greatest players of all time, from Mr. Clutch Jerry West), to Wilt the Stilt Chamberlain, The Captai Kareem Abdul-JAbar, and Showtime (magic johnson). Other than great players playing there, and having hosted the best franchise in nba history, The Forum was a pop culture fad in the 70’s, 80’s, and part of the 90’s! Everyone in hollywood was at the Laker game whether you liked basketall or not. A-list celebrities could be found all over the arena, and that meant that every game was going to be televised. The Lakers are no longer in the Forum, they have moved to the iconic staples center, but some dbate that the staples center will never have the magnitude the forum did.
The Lakers did not start in Los Angeles, they actually have their roots in Minneapolis. The Minneapolis Lakers weren’t a top notch team until they drafted the great George Mikan. The man has his own drill after him, to be fair its a pretty simple drill where you just shoot a lay up on each side of the goal, and repeat until you make 30 on each side, but still thats pretty cool having a drill named after you! George Mikan began the winning legacy for the lakers and really laid the ground work for succes for players like, Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, and Wilt Chamberlain. George Mikan’s career was cut short and was dearly missed by the frtanchsie, but no one can argue the impact Mikan had on the Lakers and the game of basketball itself.
Phil Jackson, in many views, is seen as the greatest professional coach of all time. Coaching players like Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman, Shaquille O’neal, Scottie Pippen, and many more. These hall of fame players just add to the list of accolades Phil Jackson can add to his resume. The most important stat however is his 11 championships. 6 with the bulls and 5 with the lakers. The Lakers Dynasty, like the bulls was a run for the ages. He began to be called the Zen Master during his career with his Lakers for showing little to know emotion, but still communicating with his team what he wanted to accomplish. Phil Jackson retired now was the quietest superstar to come through the organization, and now retired, has almost dropped off face of the earth.
This coming season will likely be an odd one for Lakers fans, since they are lacking the pure talent they have had in the past. Since Dwight Howard the superstar center didn’t turned out as planned, the Lakers had to reboot their plan to get at least one more championship while Kobe was still able to perform at elite level. With returners like Pau Gasol, Steve Nash, and Kobe Bryant of course, those names carry weight. However their age will likely take effect to them, and cause them to miss more than their fair share of games. Overall the season is going to be a roller coaster of emotions and tons of surprises. A true sports fan can only hope for some drama out of Laker Land, Lord knows its never boring.