2015 Los Angeles Lakers Season Preview
The Los Angeles Lakers struggled for a 2nd consecutive season, watching star Kobe Bryant go down with a season ending injury once again. Entering what is probably Bryant’s last season in the NBA, the Lakers are at a crossroads. They want to win now, and set the team up for future success. The talent around Bryant will be better than it has been in recent years, with the acquisition of Roy Hibbert, Julius Randle, and rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell. But the story of the 2015 Los Angeles Lakers will be what it has been for every Lakers team since 1996, and that is Kobe Bryant. If Bryant can stay healthy, and return to his elite play, the Lakers have a shot at making the playoffs, if he can’t? It may be a whimpering goodbye to one of the best players in NBA history.
2014 Los Angeles Lakers Season Preview
The Los Angeles Lakers finished the 2013-2014 season with more losses than any other season in team history. The Lakers had a closing record of 27-55 and missed the NBA playoffs for only the 3rd season since 1977. Los Angeles can hang much of this failure on the massive amounts of injuries that the team faced including to superstar Kobe Bryant, who missed all but 6 games of the season. This result led the team to bring in former Lakers player Byron Scott as the head coach going into the 2014-15 NBA season. Gone from last year’s LA Lakers team are Pau Gasol, Chris Kaman, Jordan Farmar, and Jodie Meeks. Replacing them in Los Angeles are Carlos Boozer, Jeremy Lin and talented rookie Julius Randle. Kobe Bryant will try to return to his typical world class form after missing much of the last 2 seasons with injuries. The Lakers will look to compete in a packed Western Conference, but have the talent to finish in the top half of the league and should return to the NBA Playoffs.
2013 Los Angeles Lakers Season Preview
The Lakers had a disappointing 2012-13 Season by their standards, and while they lost Dwight Howard to free agency in the offseason, many think it was necessary to move on as a franchise. The Lakers lost to the Spurs in the first round, but were without future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant, who missed significant time due to injury. Kobe will be back in 2013, alongside Steve Nash and new additions Jordan Farmar, Chris Kaman and Nick Young. L.A. opens the season at home with a big test against the Spurs on Nov. 1. Other key home games include vs. Chicago on February 9, vs. Oklahoma City on Feb. 13 and vs. Houston on Feb. 19th – a heck of a home-stand that also includes the Jazz, Celtics and Nets. They’ll also play on coveted Christmas Day against Lebron and the Heat.
2012 Los Angeles Lakers Season Preview
While the Lakers weren’t able to land Chris Paul this offseason, the nucleus (minus Lamar Odom, who was shipped off to Dallas) that captured the Pacific division and second seed in the West last year is still there. The lockout is a mixed blessing for the team who, after several championships won and sought after, logged in the most minutes of any team over the past half-decade. While they had time to rest and recoup (and dance and change their name like Ron Artest, nee Metta World Peace), the upcoming season has weeks of three consecutive games that will be a test to the knees of future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant and his teammates Andrew Bynum and Derek Fisher. The difference-maker will, of course, be Bryant, who has been the barometer for the team—as he goes, the team does. It will be interesting to see how the schedule and the tumult surrounding the team and its trades affect one of the signature franchises in all of sports.
2011 Los Angeles Lakers Season Preview
Despite being the two-time defending NBA Champions, the Los Angeles Lakers are being overlooked by a lot of experts who expect the fully loaded Miami Heat to take over the crown. Although Miami is stocked with talent, the Lakers have just about everybody returning from last year's championship run, and a healthy Kobe Bryant could mean a third straight title for L.A. With his fifth championship, Bryant has firmly cemented himself as one of the NBA's all-time great players. At 32-years-old, many believe him to be slowing down, but he averaged 27 points a game last year, and proved that he is one of the most clutch shooters in the league's history. While Bryant is certainly a dynamic player, he is surrounded by a talented supporting cast, highlighted by center Pau Gasol, who averaged 18.3 points and 11.7 rebounds a game last season. Lamar Odom has proven that he can be counted on for approximately 10 points a game, and Ron Artest will look to be a lock-down defender once again. A deep bench, highlighted by Luke Walton, Matt Barnes and Shannon Brown, makes a Lakers three-peat very possible.
2010 Los Angeles Lakers Season Preview
The Los Angeles Lakers head into the 2009-2010 season looking to repeat as NBA Champions. Standing in the Lakers way will be a stronger Western Conference and a few big teams from back East. The Lakers did not spend their entire off-season celebrating the championship and planning weddings, they made a move to improve their team. The Lakers signed SF Ron Artest away from Houston to add some toughness and defense to an already outstanding lineup. Lakers Head Coach Phil Jackson returns, along with all-star Kobe Bryant. Jackson, Bryant and Artest will lead a talented lineup on their quest for a 16th Lakers NBA Championship.
2009 Los Angeles Lakers Season Preview
With Kobe Bryant sill on the roster, the Los Angeles Lakers are going to be one of the most exciting teams in the NBA this season. Bryant can often carry games by himself, scoring an outlandish number of points and turning the tide of a game in a heartbeat. His numbers during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing were incredible, and he carried Team USA all the way to the gold medal. This team is going to make a serious push for the playoffs - get ready for another exciting year. Watching a Laker Game at the Staples Center never disappoints. Who can forget the incredible play of former greats Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, just to name a few? The current Laker lineup still has that same star power and potential for excitement.