Trust me, I did some thorough research here. What, you think I’d make some kind of crazy statement without doing my homework? Went through the teams one by one and tried like hell to make a case for anyone else. Not only did I fail, it wasn’t even close.
Look, the numbers tell the story in black and white, but that’s only half of the equation. 15 games in, Steve Blake and Derek Fisher have combined to shoot about 38% and are averaging barely 12 points and 7 assists between them, which is rock-bottom for NBA point guard tandems. Hell, the elite PG’s get that in a half.
Defensively, it’s more dire than you can fathom. To put it kindly, both of these guys would have a hard time staying in front of a fire hydrant, which compromises the defensive against even the worst teams. As impressive as Mike Brown’s defense has looked thus far, trust me, it’s in spite of this fact.
Oh, almost forgot about Steve Blake’s rib injury. You know, the one that’s supposed to sideline him for a month.
Needless to say, we’ve reached the “so sad it’s funny” stage for a team that is supposed to be contending for championships. Hey, the owners’ son (you know, the guy who is running this team) still thinks so, or at least that’s what he’s telling the writers.
I mean, I watched the Derek Fisher hit one more heroic shot last night and I thought to myself, “wow, what a fitting way to ride off into the sunset. Tomorrow he should announce his retirement and give his job to someone who can still play at this level”.
Sadly, this isn’t even close to reality. Reality is, Fisher will be here all year, and the Lakers won’t be making a move to improve this situation, at least not this year.
Surely, we can all find the bright side of this picture, right? For example, if you are into absurdist humor you’d probably enjoy watching rookie Darius Morris (and his 1990 Special Ed haircut) get thrown into the deep waters against guys like Chris Paul and try not to have a nervous breakdown. Watching him take a beating, then hit a 60 foot heave at the halftime buzzer and walk away like “yeah, that’s right, I’m bad” was easily the best thing I’ve seen from this Laker team that didn’t involve Kobe Bryant.
Any way you cut it, it’s a bad scene. With nothing to trade except a 9 million dollar exception that they are saving for a hypothetical Dwight deal, they are likely stuck with this sad bunch, and if you think it’s bad now, you just wait and see what it looks like come playoff time.
Until then, I’ll try and find the perverse comedy in watching a 90 million dollar team being run by a 37 year old and two in-over-their-head rookies.
Good times, indeed.
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