Has Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers Hit Rock Bottom?

Buckus ToothnailContributor IIIFebruary 17, 2011

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 11:  Alonzo Gee #33 of  the Cleveland Cavaliers goes up to shoot against Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on January 11, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  The Lakers won 112-57.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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The worst team in the NBA are the Cleveland Cavaliers

Rejected by international basketball superstar LeBron James last summer, the team has gone from being the best team in the NBA last season to being the very worst team in all of professional sports this season, having set the records for most consecutive losses in the NBA for a single season and in consecutive seasons.

These same Cavaliers suffered a 55-point blowout loss against the Lakers in Los Angeles last month, losing 112-57. 

The Lakers were just two-points shy of doubling the Cavaliers' output.

And yet tonight, in the middle of February, just a week away from the All-Star break, the defending NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers, lead by Kobe Bryant, got humiliated by the worst basketball team of all-time, 104-99.

This Cavaliers' victory over the back-to-back champion Lakers marks only their third win in 39 games.

That's nearly half a season with less than a handful of victories.

The Cavaliers are so bad, it was believed to be nearly impossible to lose to them unless a team was stricken by injuries, like the Clippers who were without their leading scorer, Eric Gordon, and All-Star center, Chris Kaman.

And yet, the healthy Lakers had Kobe Bryant playing more than 38 minutes, Pau Gasol 40 minutes, and even Andrew Bynum played more than 20.

In fact, the Lakers had all their starters from last year's championship team in the lineup tonight, with even Lamar Odom coming off the bench to contribute 35 minutes.  Shannon Brown played 26 minutes and Steve Blake played 20, subbing in for Derek Fisher who played 32 minutes.

Now this isn't some shocking loss that came out of nowhere

The Lakers have lost three in a row, getting beat by the respectable Orlando Magic by 14 points two games prior.

In their last game, the lowly lottery-bound Charlotte Bobcats humiliated the Lakers with a 20 point blowout, ending the Lakers' 99 game streak of not losing by 20 points or more.

The Bobcats are actually the only NBA team other than the Boston Celtics that have an all-time winning record against the Lakers.

In fact, the currently .429 losing Bobcats have won eight out of their last 10 games against the Lakers.

Forget the Celtics, it's Michael Jordan's Bobcats that dominate and own the Lakers, with Kobe and Co. being only .200 against Charlotte since 2006.

So have the Lakers hit rock bottom?

Despite the constant, ignorant and uneducated denials by the plague of front-running, bandwagon Laker "fans" that currently infest "Lakers Nation," the writing has been on the wall since last summer, when I questioned "Should Lakers Fans Root for the Miami Heat?"

Other insights included "Is Kobe Bryant, Not LeBron James, The Biggest Quitter in The NBA?" and "Los Angeles Lakers: Is Kobe Bryant Overrated?" which brought to the forefront of attention the unpopular notion in Lakerdom that Bryant may not be the basketball savior like Michael Jordan that these shallow, ignorant bandwagon fans think he is.

How many more signs do we need before we come to accept the truth?  How stubborn must we be as a team to pass up much needed trades like "LeBron James: Should the L.A. Lakers Trade Kobe Bryant for the Miami Heat Star?" and "Blake Griffin: Should the LA Lakers Trade Pau Gasol for the LA Clippers Star?", or the very possible "Carmelo Anthony: Should The Denver Nuggets Trade Him To The Los Angeles Lakers?"

What is becoming more and more apparent is that these recent front-running "fans" are not fans of the Lakers at all.  Rather, they are fans of certain players, whether it's Kobe Bryant, Ron Artest or Pau Gasol.

They enjoy hero-worshipping them rather than really support the team.

True Lakers fans always know the team comes first.  We didn't shed a tear when popular center Vlade Divac was traded for Kobe Bryant.  We didn't cry when two-time Laker champion Norm Nixon was traded for Byron Scott.

We knew these trades were for the betterment of the team.

But what will it take for these front-running, bandwagon, psuedo-"fans" to accept the reality of where the Lakers are at the moment?

Will it need to come down to being swept in the first round of the Western Conference Playoffs?

No, because once the Lakers lose, all these ignorant, "Faker fans" will cease to support the team, and like splitting cancer cells, will multiply and infest other teams, hopefully the Miami Heat or the Boston Celtics.