The Los Angeles Lakers, are perhaps the most tradition rich team in modern NBA history. They are one of the most historically successful teams in the history of American sports. In total, the Los Angeles Lakers have won their division 23 times, including 2012. The Lakers have also won the Western Conference a whopping 31 times, the last coming in 2010. In addition, the Lakers have won the NBA Championship 16 times, most recently in 2010. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jerry West, Magic Johnson, Shaq, and most recently Kobe Bryant, the list goes on and on of all time greats who have suited up for the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers always seem to be the favorite destination for great players on the move.
However recent decision making, bad contracts, and other ill-advised moves have led the Lakers to the position they are currently in. 17-46, good for the fourth worst record in the NBA. Even the team brass doesn’t want to admit it, but the Lakers are on the verge of entering into a full blown rebuild. That may come as a shock to Lakers fans, as they are quite used to winning, all the time. The question they have to answer this summer, is what to do with Kobe Bryant and his massive contract. Bryant’s last three seasons have ended in injury, and many wonder if this Lakers legend needs to hang it up. If not, the Lakers might look to trade this aging superstar, if possible.
Their current lowly record will most certainly give them a higher draft pick in the off season, but they would be kidding themselves to think that whatever player they wind up with will be an equal replacement for Bryant. The franchise might be looking forward to the additional spending that will come available next season, and buy their way back to the top.
The Los Angeles Lakers, long considered to be the NBA's flagship franchise, had a rough 2015-2016 season, finishing with a record of 17-65, good for the worst record in the Western Conference. The Lakers said goodbye to one of the greatest players ever, Kobe Bryant, and he went out in style, scoring 60 points in his final game. The Lakers, after failing in free agency in recent years, have turned to the draft and develop method to try to pull themselves out of this rut they are in. They selected forward Brandon Ingram from Duke second overall in the NBA draft this past summer. So far this season, the Lakers are off to the start they were expected to have, currently sitting with a record of 18-36, and even though they don't have the worst record, they are considered to be the worst team in the league.