Sweeping Hard: Is This the Demise of the Lakers Dynasty?

Hamza AhsanCorrespondent IMay 10, 2011

DALLAS, TX - MAY 08:  Guard Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers is fouled by Shawn Marion #0 of the Dallas Mavericks in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 8, 2011 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.  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 Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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After an embarrassing end to the coaching career of Phil Jackson and the 2011 Lakers team, fans are now wondering if this is the end to the Los Angeles Lakers dynasty. With a less-than-stellar performance in a second round sweep, against the Dallas Mavericks, the Lakers find themselves asking a lot of questions.

Whether it is the thought of will be the next big-market player to land in the City of Angels or the question of which coach will replace the Hall of Famer, Phil Jackson, one thing is for sure, there will be a lot of changes this offseason.

With all these changes, comes the question if the Lakers can ever get back on top. Seeing that the Lakers aren't getting any younger, as well as more powerhouse teams in the Western Conference showing up, it will be tough for the Lakers to stay on top.

Unless a young free agent point guard, like a Chris Paul, arrives in Los Angeles, it looks as if the Lakers will be an underachieving team in the future.

No one, whether it is Phil Jackson, Jerry Buss or Brian Shaw, knows who will be the next coach for the Lakers. Unless the Lakers can land someone who has Jackson-like qualities, I find it very difficult to replicate the Lakers' success.

Even with all the talent they currently possess, the Lakers are still a team that needs to have some correct direction in order for their team to make it back on top.

This recent loss for the Lakers brought a new aspect to the Lakers organization: embarrassment. The Lakers not only embarrassed themselves by that blowout in Dallas, but the lack of sportsmanship really hurt them, especially in the long run.

Now, come next year, most teams will look at the Lakers as a very violent and dirty team. What this does will psychologically create the Lakers into a bad-boy team and into an enemy in the NBA.

Also, with this loss, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is now in a hurry to catch up to Michael Jordan's level. While some argue that Kobe is already at Jordan's level (I strongly disagree, the stats even prove it), others view Kobe as a great player who will never match Jordan no matter how many rings he has won.

With this recent fallout though, it will lead to more struggle by the Los Angeles Lakers and will be troubling for a team that could have won more championships. This latest loss and demise could place Kobe even under greats like Russell, Magic and Kareem.

The loss to the Mavericks wasn't too bad on a series level, what was embarrassing though, was the way that the Lakers got blown out.

After much favoritism towards the Lakers in the NBA playoffs, many people were shocked and surprised that they lost, not by the Mavericks, but by getting destroyed in the last game and losing 4-0 in the series. This loss provides the Lakers with an chip on their shoulder and now even gives them the psyche that they can be beat.

To top it off, the Lakers will likely miss Bynum for the first few games next season. When laying down that vicious hit, there were thoughts about how long Bynum can be out for next season, and with the Lakers starting the season without their star center, it will not be uphill for this new team. 

While most people think that the Lakers can still win it all, at the end of the day, some fans believe that the Lakers have lost it now.  After winning two straight NBA championships, the Lakers just seem like a team that will be going downhill, especially with the problems in the front office and on the roster.

This last loss provided the Lakers with evidence that this team is beatable. Unless there are going to be big time landings in Los Angeles, I just do not see the Lakers going back to their roots and winning another NBA championship, anytime soon.

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