The halfway point in this NBA season is hardly behind us and it is already very obvious that the Los Angeles Lakers are having a total train wreck of a year. After last night’s defeat at the hands of the Charlotte Hornets, the Lakers team has broken one of the worst records to date. More precisely, they tied the longest losing streak in the franchise’s history with ten games in a row that they have now lost.
And it is not like the team that came to Los Angeles last night was an NBA powerhouse or anything. It was the Hornets who are trying to get into playoff contention in the East, currently at the ninth spot in the conference and missing a few key players. Last night was their final game on a four-game road trip during which they hadn’t fared too well.
The Hornets played without Al Jefferson, Jeremy Lamb and Nicolas Batum. Jeremy Lin played limited minutes and shot 2 of 10 from the field. Kemba Walker had a bad night, shooting 3 of 14 from the field. So, how did the Lakers lose? And lose by almost 20?
Well, by being this year’s Lakers. They shot only 34 percent from the field, with Lou Williams and Jordan Clarkson going 6 of 20 from the field combined. In fact, one might say that Kobe Bryant was their best player last night and as we have learned this year, when Kobe is the main man this season, things don’t look good for the Lakers team. They sure didn’t last night.
Last night’s loss is only the second time in the franchise history the Lakers have lost 10 in a row. The only time this also happened was in 1994 when Magic Johnson served as interim coach. On Tuesday, the Minnesota Timberwolves are coming to the Staples Center and they will be looking for an away win after a few tough losses.
It is now glaringly obvious (it has been obvious for non-fans of the Lakers for quite a while, by the way) that the team is a mess. It goes deeper than just having an inexperienced and poorly-constructed team which is being held hostage by Kobe’s farewell season. Coach Byron Scott is constantly criticizing the young talent on the team and they are responding through media. That is no way to run a team.
Especially when that team is the Lakers. The only good thing about this Lakers’ season is that it has to end one day.