The truth has already dropped into the
They play hard. They seem to care. They just don't have the talent and speed of other teams.
Some of that changed Friday. The playing hard and caring part, specifically.
"It really just kind of looked like we were disinterested in playing," Lakers Coach
"He played a whole lot harder than our bigs did," Scott said.
Yes he did. Tyler. Zeller.
The Lakers (5-15) are at the quarter pole of the 2014-15 season, usually an important time to evaluate what they have (not much) and don't have (a lot).
There's really nothing they can do about it. Their trading options are severely limited with so few pieces. And why make changes at this point if they're not of the championship-caliber variety?
The Lakers are doing a fine job of sliding toward a top-five pick in next year's draft, keeping it from Phoenix's grabbing hands at least one more year. (It would then become top-three protected for the 2016 draft. If the Lakers keep that one, there's really trouble.)
So the main story lines are how many points
There was one oddity arising out of the Lakers' game in Boston. Cheers for Bryant. Quite a few, actually.
It was more an indictment on the state of the teams. Boston (6-11) isn't thrilling anybody either, allowing many Lakers fans to pass through the
Bryant was less clear on where this team stands through 20 games.
"Still trying to figure things out," he said. "It's an up-and-down thing for us."
He wouldn't even get partial credit on a test. This team is almost uniquely down.
Scott promised changes in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against New Orleans. If Nick Young replaces
The Lakers haven't been this bad through 20 games since 1957. That team started 3-17.
No one is going to bail out Scott. Nor Bryant. They're two Lakers greats stuck together, far removed from the 1996 season they spent as teammates.
Things can't get much worse than this. Or can they?