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After a season that has been so improbable, the impossible happened. The Lakers won a game against the best team in the NBA!!!
With nothing to gain by losing, and the miserable season at its bitter end, the Los Angeles Lakers continued to play hard and to audition for jobs next season. The Lakers took down the San Antonio Spurs by the score of 113-100. Eight of the nine Lakers to play finished with double figure points, though it should be pointed out that the Spurs were playing a shell of their actual roster. Still, the Lakers finished the season on a high note and can now focus on getting the franchise back to the top of the mountain where it belongs.
We know that the road to the top isn’t going to be easy. We know that Kobe Bryant may never get to raise his 6th Larry O’Brien trophy that he so badly desires. We also know that the Lakers are still the Lakers and the expectations, despite this awful season, will never change. This is still Los Angeles. These are still the Lakers. Every single season will come with Championship aspirations and expectations. Don’t expect 2014-2015 to be any different. It’s just going to take a heck of a lot more work to get there.
The Lakers finish the 2013-14 with the worst record in the history of the franchise. This version of the Lakers, if we can even call them Lakers, finished with 55 losses and a .329 winning percentage, both of which are the worst marks in franchise history. However, the Lakers will be rewarded for their tanking with the 6th best odds of winning the lottery and claiming the number one overall pick.
As Jim Carrey would say in Dumb & Dumber….”SO YOU’RE SAYING THERE’S A CHANCE!”
The Lakers, Jim and Jeanie Buss, Mitch Kupchak, and the rest of the organization have a lot of work to do this summer in order to get this franchise in a position to compete once again. Don’t be surprised if the Lakers still aren’t a playoff contender next season; however, there is a two-year plan in place for the Lakers to once again be the best franchise in basketball. This summer is just the first step. Grabbing a lottery pick this summer and surround him and Kobe Bryant with some quality, short term, pieces may be good enough for a playoff spot next year. However, look for the 2015-16 season to be the year that the Lakers really come back into the fold as a Championship contender. As long as the Lakers fire Mike D’Antoni, everything will be alright.
The next important date for Laker fans to remember in May 20th. That is the day of the NBA Draft Lottery. I expect all Laker fans to be ready for this date and to be at a bar celebrating the next era of Lakers basketball. The NBA owes us one for Basketball Reasons. Adam Silver, it’s time to pay us back.
As for this season, let’s just forget it happened. Why? Because next year is going to be epic. Well, at least Kobe thinks it will be and that’s all that matters. Take us out Mamba!