Oh no, it’s panic time in Lakers Land again. Someone alert the media. Call in the cavalry.
We have never seen anything like this: Lakers losing five in a row (heading into last night’s game at Staples Center against the San Antonio Spurs) for the first time in four years. What kind of a send-off party for Phil Jackson is this?
With the NBA playoffs due to start this weekend, what are we to make of this sudden collapse by the two-time defending champion Lakers? Does their shoddy play dating all the way back one week to April 3 foretell of a bigger disaster and early exit from the postseason for Kobe Bryant and company?
If I didn’t know any better, I would say that it’s quittin’ time, that the Lakers of today are not the same team that won back-to-back titles and were favored to win a third straight at the beginning of this season. But I think I do know better.
What my instincts tell me is that the Lakers are playing possum; in other words, the team that lost its fifth straight Sunday to the Thunder is the same team that rattled off 17 wins in 18 games since the All-Star break in February. Only now they are conserving energy, laying in wait for the playoffs and their first-round victim.
The Los Angeles Lakers will win their third consecutive world championship. There are at least 10 reasons why that will happen, and divine intervention is not one of them. Read on and take note.