Lakers: Behind the Scenes

The 24-48 Los Angeles Lakers lost by a lot last night. And by a lot, I mean they let up the most points, 143, to the Minnesota Timberwolves. This amount was the most by any team this season. It almost looked like the score to an all star game, except the Lakers didn’t keep up. They only scored a measly 107. This is a decent amount, but not compared to the 143 the Wolves put up.

The underlying story of the game was Kevin Love. He is set to become a free agent at the end of the season and the Lakers are one of the teams where he could land. It was a great tryout because he tallied a triple-double. But at the end of the day, Love gets to decide where he wants to play. Does he want to share the spotlight with two possibly three other hall of fame players?

Where are Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash? Kobe is out for the rest of the season, and Nash has been fighting some nagging injuries and scrutiny. He was quoted saying that, he’s only going to play next year for the money. He’s set to earn about 9 million dollars. Kobe defended his friend and teammate and pretty much said, professionals play for the love of the game, but at the end of the day, it’s a job. And if I was getting paid 9 million dollars to play basketball or hang up my shoes, I’d easily want to play. Nash has been in the league for 18 seasons, and is 40 years old. But a man with skills like him, will make an impact on any team he is on. He could get by with the help of Kobe’s new investment.

Kobe recently invested 4 million dollars in the energy drink Body Armor. It’s a sports drink that is supposed to be healthier than Gatorade and Powerade. I’m eager to see what the business mind of Kobe Bryant will have to offer in the near future.

The bigger news of the Lakers are definitely those that are happening off the court.

-RV

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Nash is back!

The injury bug is constantly nagging the Los Angeles Lakers this season.  My favorite player, Kobe Bryant, has missed a total 41 games due to a torn Achilles and fractured knee.  Steve Nash, Steve Blake, and Jordan Farmar are all set to return to the lineup tonight against Minnesota.  Each guard has started at least one game for the Lakers this season due to the numerous injuries that have happened throughout the team.  This is a huge lift to the 16-31 Lakers because they will be without their all star center Pau Gasol due to a right groin strain.  Nash signed with the Lakers at the beginning of last season with hopes of getting another ring alongside Bryant and Dwight Howard (who is no longer with the team).  Nash broke his leg early in the 2012-2013 season and hasn’t been 100% healthy since.  Blake took the place of Nash in most of the games he was out and prospered.  Long story short, the Lakers had to sign Kendall Marshall, who last played for the Suns, to lead the team at the point guard position. But is Nash, Blake, and Farmar the answer to the Lakers’ prayers?  With a record that has placed them in the bottom of the western conference, the Lakers need to do something if they want to at least make the playoffs.  Gasol might be packing his bags soon. Kobe is getting old. And is Mike D’antoni really the right fit at coach for this team? At the end of the day, it’s Kobe’s team and he should have the final say in any big executive moves. Should the Lakers just tank their games in order to get Duke’s Jabari Parker or Kansas’s Andrew Wiggins? No! Actually hell no! The roster they have right now includes Jodie Meeks(stellar 3-point shooter), Xavier Henry (who’s also been hurt), Chris Kaman, Wesley Johnson, Nick Young, Jordan Hill, and the bench hype-man Robert Sacre.  This young talent has been getting a lot of court time due to the big namers being hurt.  Well tonight’s game should be interesting, along with the rest of the season.

-RV