Opening night was just a sneak preview of what is to come for the 2014-2015 Los Angeles Lakers. Byron Scott may not be coaching this team for too long. To make matters worse, rookie Julius Randle broke his leg and will miss a good part of the season. There already wasn’t much to look forward to this season with the Lakers, but losing their rookie first round pick just makes it even uglier.
The only thing to watch in the purple and gold this season will probably be Kobe Bryant in what could be his final season in Hollywood. How long will Bryant put up with this disaster? We know he hates playing on a losing team, and this will be the worst roster he has ever played on. Jeremy Lin is a turnover machine. Nick “Swaggy P” Young is a chucker that plays no defense. Carlos Boozer is at the end of his career. The bench is actually embarrassing. Their depth this year is up there with one of the worst benches in Lakers history. Even Lakers fans are hard pressed to name who the heck is on their team. There’s a couple of big names, but no big talent. Their superstar is on his last legs. Bryant isn’t the same player, and probably won’t play anywhere close to 80 games.
This roster is awful. Their superstar already was frustrated in the opener as he was trash talking with Dwight Howard all night. Imagine this for an entire season. The Lakers will be lucky to win 25-30 games with the current roster in place. Rare is it that we discuss “rebuilding” when it comes to the Lakers, but for the first time in 2014-2015, that may have to be the case. Who would have thought we would be talking about players not wanting to go to the Lakers? That looks to be the case as Bryant’s career comes to an end, and there’s nobody else left. What do you tell a free agent? You can play with Lin and the likes of Wesley Johnson and Jordan Hill?
The talk of Los Angeles will be the Clippers. The Lakers could fill the front pages with their antics and losing ways, but that won’t bring anyone to play for an organization that is in a strange state right now. We may see some people hop on the Clippers bandwagon, because the tide has turned in Hollywood. The Clippers present team and their future looks bright, while the Lakers current and future state look very, very bleak.