How To Fix The Lakers
Kobe Bryant seems to be the only man on the team who wants to play basketball, and can do so fairly consistently. I always think he should be in the MVP conversation because the Lakers are not “the Lakers” without Bryant.
Pau Gasol is unreliable and only comes to play basketball on some nights. He doesn’t look to drive to the basket, but rather settles for low-percentage jumpers.
Metta World Peace is, as Kobe has stated, the one guy who comes to play every night. He’s a force on defense but his offensive consistency is lacking. Still though, he is the Lakers second most valuable player night in and night out.
Andrew Bynum has had his problems all season, but these could be overlooked until last night. Bynum’s numbers were too awful to repeat, and he showed a complete lack of enthusiasm. It was as if he was already on vacation.
Then there’s Sessions. He started out so strong when the Lakers first acquired him, but showed in the playoffs that he needs some serious grooming.
The bench, for the most part is garbage. Blake had a few clutch shots, but was mostly horrible. Barnes is inconsistent at best. Hill is very promising and he should stick around on the team (especially since his contract isn't up). McRoberts, Murphy, and Ebanks were not much help in the playoffs and seemed to disappear.
I’m of the belief that Goudelock should have gotten a lot more playoff time than he did, but we’ll see what happens next season.
It’s pretty simple. The Lakers need to blow this team up. I think some interesting options are to not exercise Bynum’s team option and go for a cheaper, younger version of Bynum. We all saw what JaVale McGee is capable of in the playoffs, and he’d be a nice fit. Or the Lakers can keep Bynum and use him to lure some trades.
The bench for the most part has got to go. Barnes, Ebanks and Murphy all have expiring contracts, and only Ebanks possibly warranted a new one with the Lake Show. Blake has two more years, as do Gasol and World Peace. These are both large contracts that lock up a lot of cap space.
The Lakers should use their amnesty clause this year on a player, and it’s highly debatable which it should be. Gasol has more trade value than World Peace, but not by much. It’s unlikely that Blake will get traded, but then again, the Lakers were able to unload Luke Walton so never say never.
Oh, and there’s the matter of the Portland Trailblazers trying to woo GM Mitch Kupchak as well. It will be a busy off-season for sure, and the Lakers organization will undoubtedly put together another team that will take them to the playoffs and hopefully win.