We’re back with round two of the player evaluations for the Los Angeles Lakers, the team that underachieved and …. stunk up the joint in Hollwood.
Not even sure you can call it underachieving, as 90 percent of folks believed a 12th place finish in the Western Conference was suitable. I, on the other hand, fooled myself into thinking the term “health” would be attached to the team, and just a strike of luck would swarm through Los Angeles. Thus, I wrote “49 wins” on the chalkboard of my most confident preseason picks of the year.
Right into the doctor’s office that prediction went, as the Lakers’ games-missed-to-injury tallied 319. Most of that was the result of Kobe Bryant sitting out 76 games with the Achilles rehab and lateral tibial plateau fracture in the left knee. In addition, Steve Nash‘s 67 missed games didn’t help the cause, as he suffered through the infamous nerve-root irritation with his back & left leg, as well as late-season hamstring issues. That’s 143 of the 319 games right there, from your two most important backcourt assets.
If it doesn’t make you feel sorry for these guys that work so hard to keep their bodies in shape, you have no sympathy.
After the 27-55 season, it’s only fitting that each player receives some feedback. After all, everyone on the roster competed their heart out, and very rarely gave Mike D’Antoni less than 100 percent.
With Kendall Marshall out of the way last week, today’s time belongs to Robert Sacre, one of the few members of the Lakers that enjoyed defending more than supplying offense. Yes, that’s something this team needs more of.
Multiple aspects of Sacre’s game are worth looking at, considering he’s under contract next season. How has this journey been for the sophomore center?