R.I.P. 2013-2014 Los Angeles Lakers season. You made us watch over 2,000 minutes of Wesley Johnson and somehow made us think that Nick Young (aka Swaggy P) was a responsible, charismatic leader and a decent defender. You were a year that robbed us of 76 games of Kobe Bryant and made us feel like games were more of a chore than a delight. In no way will you be missed.
With perhaps the worst six months of Lakers basketball of all time over and done with, we can finally look towards the next six months: the offseason. VP of Player Personnel Jim Buss and GM Mitch Kupchak have a ton of work to do, which includes trying to rebuild a team around a returning Kobe Bryant and of course, dealing with the team’s first lottery pick in almost a decade. It’s fair to say that this is the most pivotal Lakers offseason since 2004, when the same front office traded Shaquille O’Neal and re-signed Bryant.
Let’s take a look at the biggest storylines throughout the summer.
Who are the Lakers taking in the NBA Draft?
For the first time since 2009, the Los Angeles Lakers have a first round draft pick and have the potential to keep the pick for the first time since 2007. But not just any draft pick at that: a genuine lottery pick. Right now I feel like one of the Amish in the middle of a Best Buy: I’m confused and excited and I most definitely need a new pair of pants.
(Peep the rest over at Silver Screen & Roll)
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