1.Kobe playing Hero Ball..Kobe has always taking alot of shots..But during the losing streak he's taken an excessive amont of bad shots and playing like he doesnt have teammates at all....
2.Pau Gasol-Gasol was playing like a MVP candidate the first 15 games of the season..But during the losing streak Gasol looks tired,angry and out of snyc..Plus the Lakers often fail to get him the ball late in games..Plus some observers say he's getting beat up by much stronger players inside...
3.Quicker guards- At age 37 Fisher has a hard time keeping up with the quicker little guards in the league...Fisher shines during the playoffs...But The team more out of him during the regular season...It might be time to move him to the bench...
4.Ron Artest Struggling-Artest has been so focused on defense,that he's been non-existent on offense..And sometimes force up ill-advised shots..
5.The Star Factor-Every team gets hype playing the Lakers..Even though the Heat has been the most talked about team this year..The Lakers are still the most glamorous team...Players know there will be stars in the front row and the game will be shown nationally on tv..Plus The Lakers are the 2 time defending champs and teams would love nothing more then to beat them....
6.Poor defensive play..There seem to be too much 1on 1...they're not looking out for each other on offense or defense....
7.Rotation & Injuries-With the injury to Bynum it causes other players to play out of position..With his return everyone can go back to their normal places...Injuries have also been a reason for their troubles this season...
8.Team is Bored-
9.Bench is Struggling -Barnes has played well,but Brown & Blake are out of snyc...With Ratliffe out ,Jackson has to use Character a rookie as Gasol's backup and he's not ready ....
10.Lack of consistent outside shooting-
Isnt it funny in November the Heat was the team in turmoil and the Lakers were the team on a roll? lol
i like this list.. tho i dont watch the lakers really at all this yr cuz i dont live near LA, or have caught any live games they play, but somethings on ur list are pretty evident like artest playing bad, kobe forcing shots, gasol playing with no energy, etc...
i think they will get it together
If You havn't watched the Lakers just year just remember how they played the last two regular seasons. not much of a difference
Kobe and Fisher. Both are getting old and continue to slip as players. Kobe is slipping from "Best Player in the League" so he has a long way to go. But he has lost a step and some hops. Yes he is still great, but the game is harder for him than it used to be. Fisher is slipping to the point of just not being fast enough to play in the NBA. You knew it had to happen eventually and even his intelligence and desire just aren't going to be enough. I would have guessed he was done three years ago, so maybe I'm wrong again. But I think they have to move him to backup role with very limited minutes, maybe saving him to close out close games.
Kobe and Fisher can't turn this around because it is just a matter of age. Gasol, Bynum and Odom are the Lakers best hope with Bynum being the guy with the most upside. Artest could also improve his jumpshot and that would make him a better player.
I'm not buying the age thing with Kobe. He still gets any shot he wants and he's actually not that old. there are other players older than him that don't have his drive that are still playing well. And Anyone that has watched Kobe this year knows age is not the problem nor ability
Keep in mind no one is saying Kobe isn't still very very good. But statistically his isn't doing what he used to do.
Win Share (stat that tries to figure out how many extra wins a season you get by adding a player to an NBA team)
2005 - 15.3
2006 - 13.0
2007 - 13.8
2008 - 12.7
2009 - 9.4
But this year . . .
2010 - 4.1 (That is not the Kobe of old and that isn't the kind of numbers that can carry a team.)
And the Lakers playing the way they are is not a big deal. They play liek this pretty much every year. Regular season isn't as big of a deal to them as it is other team. Its all about the Playoffs. I sound like a broken record because i've said this same thing on this site for the past 2 seasons to the same people on here who have questioned them and said " they just aren't that good this year" then once they win they say " yeah i knew they would win"
the lakers looked liked this last season as well. it honestly appears that they are disinterested in regular season games and only care about the playoffs.
The Lakers go thru this phase during the season every year, it seems as if they get bored during the season then turns it on when the playoffs start. Their still the team to beat in the West and their still the most talented team in their conference. I'm not too worried about this team.
Keep in mind that Win Shares is a cumulative stat. So the 4.1 is only for 34 of out a possible 80 games or so..... Annualized, Kobe's win shares would be about 9.6
This means that he is playing about the same level he did last year (according to win shares). The decline occurred over the previous 5 seasons
I didn't realize that it should only be half at the halfway mark. Still not double digits like it used to be, but not as big a decline as I thought.
kobe isnt old,he is just in the league for 15 !! freakin years..thats whole career for most of the guys in nba (even shorter ) so you are stupid if you say that he didnt lose a step or two...Watch him for gods sake.. he is slower,dont attack the rim,his pump fake isnt workin really cause most of the defenders read him well,he is taking whose hard shots but they wont fall in cause he is losing strength in his legs...face it He is declining...
the lakers might not be the best team. They might not even be top 3. I dont care how hard they play, other teams are catching up and the lakers have some legit concerns with no excuses. But winning championships isnt supposed to be easy. ANd we wont really know how good the lakers are until the playoffs start and they have their backs up against a wall becuase right now, the regular season isnt as important to them as it is for many other contenders.
But I don't think they want to be on the road vs the Spurs so they should be careful. It is going to be one of the strongest playoff years we have seen in both conferences in a long time. The Celtics have the best team in the East,but the Heat and Orlando look like they will work them hard in the post season so it's not going to be smooth sailing for the C's or the Lakers come playoff time. Celtics still have not put the roster they are likely to have come post season on the court. Looking forward to seeing them with Perkins back and Shaq coming off the bench with Nate and Big Baby. Mavs look like injuries might crush their season though.
Your kidding yourself if you think the Lakers are as great as last year.
Kobe he's still great enough to make winning plays, the rest of the players I would've be worried about though. Fisher, Artest aren't the same players we all know Artest wasn't going to be the player he was with Indiana but now he's not even the same player he was with the Rockets. Fisher is an aging PG at 36 and he's played in more playoff game than any player since 96 all those mins have to be taking a toll on him esp. his defense. Blake hasn't done much as a backup PG the team is at a huge disadvantage at the PG position.
They've had an easy schedule so far 2nd easiest in the league. So far they've faced the Spurs, Jazz, Heat once. They've yet to face the Magic, Celtics or Mavs thats 13 games they have remaining against the 6 of the top teams in the league. Starting in the middle of January they have a brutal schedule, no more beating up on the bottom teams in the league.
The old argument that the regular season doesn't mean anything doesn't really hold true every year.
Especially when 4 of the 5 starters are over 30, also you can't win the title every year they didn't with Shaq and Kobe so its doubtful they win every year now. Those Lakers teams were better at PG, SG, SF, C.
Winning last year in the Finals was pretty tough, looks like just making it back to the Finals will be even tougher this year. I wouldn't count them out but it definately won't be a lock that they are still the best team in the league.
the lakers finished with the number one seed last year. they didnt play like this last year this early. it wasnt until probably february/march that they went into cruise control for the playoffs. i dont think they can do that this year. teams like dallas and san antonio have really closed the gap between themselves and the lakers, not to mention (someone posted this a couple days ago) the lakers havent won a championship when they havent had home court advantage since shaq left. thats not to say they wont be able to regain number 1 in the west but they already have a ways to go as they have 21 wins (i believe) and san antonio has 29 or 30... we'll see how it plays out but they havent played like this this early in a season since they had shaq and kobe was younger and they could afford to do that back then something i feel they cant do now
blah blah blah...every year someone says that. The lakers don't step it up till playoff time this is nothing new. They are on pace to win 53 games
They're also on pace to not have home court advantage and if they face the Celtics or Heat in the finals I think they'll need it
They are only 3 games behind the Celtics and i think 2 or 1 behind theHeat. Even without home court they have shown the ability to beat teams on the road in the past. Once again non laker fans can worry but most Laker fans are not worried. Not untill its game seven and we are down 10 with less than a minute to play or once we are knocked out of the playoffs. Champions rise to every new challenge
Yeah on pace to win 53 games but they've faced mostly bottom teams.
Lets see how they do against Orlando, Boston, Dallas 1st. They already lost to Utah, Miami, Denver and San Antonio.
Celtics have won w/out Perkins all year also both O'neals, Rondo have all been hurt and now KG. Also the Celtics have already faced Miami twice, Orlando, Dallas, Denver and OKC, NY and Atl all twice thats a big difference in strength of schedule.
For the Lakers Bynum is back so their running out of excuses and they've had the easiest schedule in the league. The best team they beat this year was the Bulls and Boozer wasn't even back yet.
Who cares what they do in the regular season anyway. Basketball doesn't really start for them till the Playoffs
that mentatlity of the regular season meaning nothing is going to catch up with them eventually.
Yeah thats something i do worry about. But untill it does catch up with them im not too worried about it
if the lakers lose, i think it will be just about not being the best team. I dont think how they approach the regular season is a huge deal for them. They know who they are and have leaders that have gotten them to 3 straight nba finals. Its not like they need the regular season the find out how to play together. They just arent playing great right now. We wont know what they are capable of as a team until the playoffs start. If they lose in the playoffs, i think it will be just about another team being better, not becasue the lakers were lackadasical in the regular season. Trust me, kobe and phil and the guys knows wahts at stake for their legacies. They wont mess around when it counts.
And this moment right now is why i never panicked like so many on here. Never doubted like many on here did. I said they can turn it on and when they get to the playoffs but i guess they read some of you doubters and decided to turn it on a tad bit early
Hopefully there wont be a let down tonight