The Los Angeles Laker's season has come to a tragic end. A lockout is looming. Phil Jackson is retiring from the throne. Kobe Bryant is a year older.
I would agree with Magic Johnson's statement; Blow this team up. The Lakers core consists of Bryant (32), Gasol (30), Odom (30), Artest (30), and Bynum (22). With the exception of Andrew Bynum, the Lakers have shown glaring age effects. Bryant couldn't get past the likes of the 38-year old Jason Kidd. Derek still can't guard quicker PGs. Gasol can't get any stronger without his hamstrings giving out. Heck, Ron Artest couldn't even finish off a breakaway dunk, boucing off the front of the rim. With the Summer of 2012 holding a potential to be another blockbuster free agency circus, the Lakers should take advantage of this. The Lakers need youth to preserve Bryant's body. It's no secret Kobe's on a steady decline, and he needs help. It would be a sad day when Kobe Bryant retires from the game of basketball, but it would be even sadder if he had nobody to pass the torch to.