So here’s the good news about LA sports! The Dodgers are having a great year, have you noticed their 29-13 record? It’s the best in all of baseball. A lot of other major market teams like Chicago, New York, Boston and Philadelphia are really struggling. Andre Ethier, all these years that we’ve been waiting for him to pop…he has finally popped! Hitting .315, 9 homer’s, they have a great young staff…how bout former Blue Jay Ted Lilley, he’s 5-0. The other sports team in the Staples Center ( not the Clippers as they are done as well) the LA Kings are on the verge of going back to the Stanley Cup finals since the Gretzky years! Before Sunday’s game, they’d won like virtually all their playoff games. We might even have the chance to see the 2 biggest markets in the U.S. going at it in one of the most irrelevant sports in the U.S. If Tortorella can just stop yappin and get his offense going in New York, we might actually see it.
More good news for LA sports fans – USC’s pre-season rankings, 1st, 2nd or 3rd, depending on the poll. If you follow recruiting, and I do, Lane Kiffin is the every bit better than Pete Carroll was in every department. The Clippers are no longer a league joke as they made it to the 2nd round with Chris Paul – which will only attract more free agents. So there’s a lot of good news…but now, for the rest of the story, here’s the bad news! In the last 2 years, the Lakers have played 9 second round playoff games, they are 1-8! I’m not talking about Conference finals – those are the really good teams, I’m not talking about the NBA finals as those are the 2 best teams, the Lakers are 1-8 in the 2nd round!! They are not – as predicted by yours truly, close to winning a championship. They have 4 players alone in Metta, Kobe, Gasol and Bynum that hog up all the cat room. They are old, expensive and temperamental while Oklahoma City is the opposite – young, cheap and consistent.
But I said it weeks ago, the Lakers needed to lose and to lose quickly and ugly! To remove the doubt, erase the hope because hope is a dangerous thing. But now everybody in LA can clearly see what the more objective fans knew last year “time to bring in the old dynamite and blow her up!” it’s an old roster that at times doesn’t even get along. Said Metta World Mishap after Monday’s game “you know, this year, we weren’t as committed collectively and that really hurt us” pfft, you also said that last year after getting swept by Dallas. There are a lot of questions surrounding this team right now. In regards to Andrew Bynum, can I just give you my 2 cents on Bynum? Well, I’m going to anyways. Rule #1 with 7 footers – when they get hurt or injured often early in their career, it is highly doubtful they have a healthy ending to their careers. How many examples do you want? This is the perfect time to move him!
In the last 4 years, he’s been hurt in 3 of them and this year with great health, it’s not going to last. He’s got huge talent…should be easy to move him. 7 footers who can drop 25 points and get 20 rebounds always interest GM’s…they’ll be lined up, start from there, get younger, find some shooters and get more athletic. You’re the Lakers, stars and non-stars want to play there. Your bench is pathetic as they only had 2 points in Game 5. This is not a roster that needs tweaking but rather a major overhaul. Bring in the moving vans because you need an entirely living room of furniture. Attitude to me is 90% of life, that’s why the only guy I wouldn’t consider moving is Kobe. He cares every night, he’s got passion every night, and he’s got intensity every night. So Monday night he didn’t have an assist – who does anyways? He brings it before the game – first to the arena, during the game and after the game. He even got into a feisty confrontation with a reporter after the game.
In the last 4 playoff elimination games, Kobe has had: 26, 31, 34 and 42 points Monday night. Yeah he’s past his prime but he’s never cared more so you have to surround him with players who care! He’s the voice of reason, the voice of coaching and the voice of determination. Dirk Nowitzki is past his prime, but there’s no other Dirk’s in the draft. Kobe is past his prime, there is no other Kobe’s in the draft or in this league!