If you’re a Lakers fan, the past few weeks have felt like being stuck sitting at a really long, really bad movie. You just want it to end already so you can get up, stretch your legs and get out of the theatre as quickly as possible.
After seeing what’s transpired in Laker Land the last 10 days, I am starting to actually reminisce about the lockout. The Lakers still had Lamar Odom on their roster, and the Clippers and Chris Paul had absolutely nothing in common.
Back to reality. The Lakers open the regular, strike-shortened season on Sunday at home against the Chicago Bulls, and if Monday night’s first of two preseason games is any indication, this team is going to have a tough go of it and may not even make the playoffs.
The last week and a half for the Lakers has been like the miserable part of It’s A Wonderful Life, when George Bailey’s (Jimmy Stewart) life falls apart.
First, they trade for Chris Paul, only to have the league veto the deal at the 11th hour (does David Stern think he’s a member of Congress?). Then, L.A. traded Lamar Odom to Dallas for a few nickels and a piece of cheese from Mark Cuban. And high-stepping Shannon Brown decided to finally get a decent paycheck and took his talents to Phoenix.
Had enough? The preseason Lakers were blown out of the building Monday night against Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Chauncey Billups and the suddenly sublime Clippers. So now what?
What’s your next move, Mike Brown? What will the Lakers starting lineup look like when they welcome Derrick Rose and the Bulls to Staples Center on Christmas Day?
It’s anyone’s guess, including mine. Read on for five possible starting units for your new look Los Angeles Lakers. May the force be with them.