Lakers Need To Rebuild After Getting Swept By The Spurs
After Kobe Bryant went down with a torn Achilles, there was little hope that the Lakers would be able to advance very far in the Western Conference finals, but the fans still believed.
Even though it seemed farfetched to believe they’d win, even until game 4, they still did, but all hope flew out the window when Dwight Howard was ejected early in the game with two technical fouls.
The Lakers seemed to have lost whatever sense of inflation they’d had, with the exception of Darius Morris and Andrew Goudelock who were playing to show that they belong on this squad. However, both had terrible games with Morris shooting 3-12 and Goudelock going 7-17.
When Magic Johnson said that previous teams needed to be dismantled, that wasn’t necessarily true, but it certainly is now. The first person they need to look at is Coach Mike D’Antoni, for taking so long to adapt to the team he was given.
After that, they’ll look to possibly use the amnesty clause on Metta World Peace and try to unload Pau Gasol’s lofty contract as well.
Devin Ebanks weirdly didn’t play for most of the season, and since he’s a free agent next season, it’s safe to say they won’t have him back.
Earl Clark plateaued, but with some work he can be great for this team, however, he’ll be a free agent and will likely have quite a few suitors after this season.
Jordan Hill is obviously a keeper, as is Jodie Meeks who has a team option next year for $1.5 million.
Chris Duhon and Steve Nash will still be on contract next season, as well as Steve Blake.
Antawn Jamison and Robert Sacre will both be free agents next year, and while Jamison was clutch in some situations, he’s a complete liability on defense. Sacre was great for entertainment on the bench, but for some reason he didn’t make it into many games.
There’s also the issue of if the Lakers will end up amnestying Bryant and building a new team for him to come back to, without increasing the luxury tax.
Bottom line is that it’s time to get younger and faster.