The blurred line between pessimism and realism with the Lakers

When dealing with a franchise that’s known nothing but winning, how does a Lakers fan even prepare for the upcoming season?
 
How does one get amped up for the year when nearly every single pundit, talking head and blogger is picking the team to not only finish outside of the playoff picture for an almost unprecedented two seasons in a row…but also to be amongst the league’s worst teams?
 
Can Lakers fans rationalize to themselves that their future is without a surefire building block? That the team will be without an established young star for the first time since the mid-nineties and just the second time since the mid-seventies?
 
How will Lakers nation react to the notion that “things won’t work out LA’s way”, which is contrary to the last fifty years of NBA basketball?
 
The answer? Not well. At least from what I’ve seen.
 
We at Silver Screen & Roll pride ourselves on the many facets of our in-depth coverage of all angles of Los Angeles Lakers basketball. However, we feel that one aspect of our community that sets us apart from the rest of the healthy purple & gold blogosphere is our unyielding commitment to unbiased reporting and analysis with a curated focus on what fans are most interested in. From Josh Tucker, C.A. Clark and Dexter Fishmore to Drew Garrison and our newer writers like James Jackson, we have always been a site that has never shied away from expressing our opinions on the Los Angeles Lakers, regardless of what side of criticism they fall on. In other words: we don’t pull our punches. For anyone. Not for anyone whose business card reads “Buss”, not for any man whose name is raised to the rafters of STAPLES Center, not for #24 himself. This has never been, nor will it ever be, a site that is going to trumpet a “rah-rah Lakers” approach, while conveniently ignoring the pitfalls of an all-too-human organization.
 
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