Since the end of November, one of the biggest and most common issues or themes with the Los Angeles Lakers was their home heavy schedule.
From that early point in the regular season, it was known that for the remainder of the year they would have more road games than home games and was often used as a reason to downplay the Lakers’ early season success.
Four months later, the Lake Show have finished their last extended road trip with a decent, but not great, record of 5-2 and can finally say they have more home games than road games remaining (five of their last seven games are at home).
While this does not apply to a potential LeBron versus Kobe finals, this trend will hold all the way through the Western Conference finals.
Obviously, the Lakers failed to meet their goal of finishing as the overall number one seed but being in this situation could also be a blessing in disguise.
As everyone is saying, Phil Jackson really should take this opportunity to rest Derek Fisher, Pau Gasol, and Kobe Bryant. I think Phil should even consider not just taking a page out of Gregg Popovich’s book but going one step further.
Earlier, Popo opted to rest Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili against conference rival Denver Nuggets.
Instead of just resting Fish, Pau, and Kobe, Phil should not even bother taking the Lakers on the trek up north to play the Portland Trail Blazers.
Imagine the uproar by the Portland diehards especially after the Ariza and Fernandez incident. Pay all that money for the only game of the year they care about and there’s no opponent to play.
Just trying to light a fire somewhere.
After all, the past couple weeks have been boring at best (in a good way though). Despite the fact the Lakers look tired, disinterested, and aren’t showing the same energy or enthusiasm on even offense yet alone defense, they are cruising along.
But the Lakers are finally home so it’s time to rest up and refuel.
Come playoffs, hopefully they floor the accelerator with a rejuvenated Andrew Bynum all the way to the parade route on Figueroa!