Is It Time To Blow Up The Los Angeles Lakers?
The Los Angeles Lakers are 17-25 and likely looking at a disappointing season that will result in them missing the playoffs. It’s sad when you consider that they were initially thought to be title contenders. Unfortunately, they are playing like pretenders with no clear vision as to when they will get it together.
Honestly, maybe they won’t.
And with that, perhaps it is time for the Lakers brass to consider dealing a few of their recent acquisitions and look toward the future. Chief among these parts that could likely play in a new zip code is Dwight Howard. The All-Star center is not meshing well with his new team and reports of Howard being unhappy in LA have been bubbling to the top of gossip sheets. Sources have said that Howard has been complaining about playing alongside Kobe Bryant and not being as big of a factor in the offensive scheme as he would like to be. Howard has denied such reports but it is becoming clearer every single game that something isn’t right.
Not to mention that Mike D’Antoni has addressed the chemistry issue publicly without naming Bryant and Howard as the problem, according to ESPN:
“We’ve got an All-Star team out there… Have you ever watched an All-Star Game? It’s God-awful because everybody gets the ball, they go 1-on-1 and then they play no defense. That’s our team. That’s us. We’re an All-Star team and we haven’t learned there’s a pecking order. There’s the one guy, the two guy, the three guy and the four guy. It might not be the same guy every night, but somebody has got to accept being the fourth guy. If you’ve been the first guy all your life, that’s hard to accept. That’s what happens in All-Star (Games) and that’s what happened with us. Like I said, with today’s meeting, hopefully we’ve overcome a little bit of that. I hope. We’ll see.”
With the season halfway over, whatever needs to be fixed has to happen fast or else the Lakers are on the fast track to watching the playoffs at home. At this point, one has to wonder if these pieces will ever fit together. Before Howard bolts in the off season, maybe the Lakers should deal him for some role players that can help.