The Lakers are not a wait and see organization. They are on a tight schedule. The Lakers are like Jack Bauer in 24. They are racing against the clock. There is never enough time. Jim Buss runs around LA demanding cooperation. “We don’t have enough time” he yells at Mitch Kupchak in his race against the clock. Bink. Bonk. Bink. “You’re gonna have to trust me” Bink. Bonk. Bink. It’s the sound of the clock counting down the end of number 24’s career. There is a finite window to win another championship with number 24 in the fold.
But with Kobe indefinitely sidelined with a devastating achilles injury the Lakers have the opportunity to go an unexpected route. The steadily ticking down clock is not speeding up with Kobe’s injury. Lakers management is surprisingly afforded more time. The Lakers can actually wait and see.
Rather than plan for life without Kobe, or plunge into another offseason of drastic changes to a tragically disappointing roster, the Lakers can wait and see.
They did not have an offseason together with this group. Dwight Howard was injured. Steve Nash missed games. Pau Gasol missed games. Mike D’Antoni wasn’t the coach.
Every Lakers team with Kobe Bryant on it has been at its best when the team operates well independently, not when he was dominating on its own. Kobe is an option is better than the only solution. Letting this team develop an identity and confidence without Kobe Bryant will be the best remedy for the Lakers.
The Lakers could get rid of D’Antoni or Kupchak or Howard or Gasol. But all of those desperate moves put the Lakers further behind the 8 ball on Kobe’s quest for 6 rings.
Rehab that achilles Kobe. But take your time. This team needs to learn how to develop some confidence without an NBA legend, before they can be better with Kobe.