It’s safe to say that the experiment is over. A Los Angeles Lakers era may be over, too.
Dwight Howard is long gone, Steve Nash can’t get healthy, Pau Gasol has mentally checked out and Kobe Bryant is hurt again.
It’s time for the Lakers to blow it up, call it a day and start all over. Completely.
That two-year extension that they gave Kobe Bryant looks worse and worse with each passing day. At this point, I can see why, when presented with the offer, Kobe signed on the dotted-line ASAP. Did he see this coming? No. Did he see himself coming back like the old Kobe? Probably not. He’s one of the most intelligent players in the league. He knew something.
But what do the Lakers do now? They can’t go back in time and un-offer the extension to Kobe. They can’t force Nash into an early retirement and they “can’t” trade Gasol right now — or they don’t want to.
They may be stuck.
They can’t really control Kobe, Nash and/or Gasol right now. But they can control this season’s fate. They need to tank. Desperately. If they think that another superstar is going to sign up to play alongside Kobe, they need to think again. If you gave LeBron an option of Dwayne Wade or Kobe, there’s really no debate or even anything to think about. The Lakers need to be very careful. They need to play things out right and they need to stop focusing on trying to build around Kobe and think about the future of the organization.
Bottom line is that Kobe
may be is at the end of his career. The Lakers need to realize that and act accordingly.
Time to stop building around Kobe. Sad, but it’s the honest truth.