The Los Angeles Lakers are currently 1-4, and while that in no way means the end is near, for the Lakers, it should be a very bad sign.
LA has been compared over and over again to the Miami Heat of 2011 and for good reason. The Heat had just acquired both LeBron James and Chris Bosh to team up with Dwyane Wade.
LA pulled off a huge move this offseason and have managed to put Steve Nash and Dwight Howard on the same floor as Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol.
Like Miami Heat’s Big Three, the Lakers found themselves thrown into title talks. Miami went through some rough patches during their first years, and thus this little funk the Lakers find themselves in has been viewed very similarly.
However, they could not be more different. The most striking difference is age. When they formed, all three members of the Miami Big Three were under thirty.
In LA, the only starter on the Lakers under 30 is Dwight Howard. Steve Nash is nearly 40, and Kobe is now 34. The Lakers don’t have the time to jell.
This team was made with a win-now attitude, and they need to start winning fast. They can’t afford to lose this season, because they are looking at a 40-year-old Nash next year and a 35-year-old Kobe.
For any other team, a 1-4 start means nothing, but for the Lakers it could predict the failure of this project early on.
There is also a question of playing styles. In Miami (last time I'm referring to them), Pat Riley put a team of willing passers on the floor, and it worked.
In LA, the best players available were put on the same team with hopes their different playing styles would somehow come together. Their bad start shows the holes in those hopes.
I am not going to be the one to question the talent on this team; it is there. Talent doesn't win championships, though; teams win championships.
While the season could certainly turn around, the Lakers should not be getting a pass because it is the beginning of the year, and they need time.
They sold the luxury of having time to adjust when they put together a starting lineup that has four of its members at 32 or older.
The fans are hungry for another title, so is this aging roster. However, it will be awfully tough to win a title with most of the playoff games played on the road.
If the Lakers don't start winning soon, we could see some changes in LA. Firing Mike Brown (a move popular with many fans) would be one thing, but that would mean giving up a run at a title this year.
Stability is also key, and any big moves by the Lakers will show they are desperate and are starting to reconsider their plans.
No one wants to see that, but it could be the hard truth in just a few weeks.
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