LA needs to look in the mirror.
The Los Angeles Lakers have one of, if not the worst bench unit in the entire NBA. Despite that fact, they’re reportedly unwilling to roll the dice on a player who would instantly solve their problem because of doubts about his knees.
Dave McMenamin of ESPN reported that, according to sources, LA isn’t interested in Brandon Roy because they aren’t sold that his knee are capable of taking an 82-game pounding.
McMenamin wrote: “The prevailing thought within the organization is that Roy misses the game and is going through the natural longing process that many competitors deal with shortly after retirement.”
Los Angeles, of all teams, refusing to pursue a player because of his knees is as ironic as it gets.
This is a franchise that stuck behind Andrew Bynum no matter how many times he hit the deck. Bynum’s name has been mentioned in trade rumors for Jason Kidd, Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and Dwight Howard, but the Lakers stuck with their seven-footer, and it has paid off. While Bynum is extremely immature, he’s without a doubt the second-best center in the league.
After ignoring relentless criticism for failing to rid themselves of their injury-prone big and it paying off, why wouldn’t the Lakers attempt the same with Roy?
It makes no sense. Perhaps even more ironic, though, is the fact that Roy’s rapid recovery became possible as a result of the same platelet-rich plasma therapy procedure used to repair Kobe Bryant’s knee, as Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported.
If healthy, Roy would take the Lakers to another level. Not only would he provide instant offense off the bench backing up Kobe, but Roy has the ball-handling and playmaking ability to play alongside him.
Passing on Roy without a second thought is downright silly.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.
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