There's only one thing left to say about the
The season is almost over for them, as imbalanced and off-center as
Who is Vander Blue, you ask? And what's wrong with his jersey?
First a few pertinent details from yet another loss, 102-92, Monday to the Kings at Sleep Train Arena.
Jordan Clarkson was on his way to playing all 48 minutes but landed on
"It hurts," he said afterward with a squeezed face, adding quickly that he hoped to play in Wednesday's season finale. "Real important."
Very much so, particularly if the Lakers want to avoid being worse than the 1957-58 Minneapolis Lakers, who had a .264 winning percentage. The present-day Lakers (21-60) have a .259 success rate.
Yuck and yuckier.
Even the famed purple and gold jerseys were off the mark Monday.
Blue was signed so the Lakers would have more than two healthy guards, but his No. 12 jersey was askew, the first numeral shifted too far to the left.
The Lakers had been in Sacramento since late Sunday night and initially ordered a No. 2 jersey from their Los Angeles-based uniform supplier. One problem: No. 2 still belonged to
Upon realizing their mistake, the Lakers hurriedly had a No. 1 sewn to the left of the perfectly centered No. 2 and sent the jersey up to Sacramento with a team attendant.
Blue received it with little time to spare. He didn't even see how it looked.
"I noticed it actually during the game," said Blue, who scored seven points. "One of the other players said, 'What happened to your jersey?' I looked down and was like, 'Oh, I guess that pretty much shows the day I had.' "
Blue flew in from Dallas to join the Lakers, barely signing a contract before the official 6 p.m. cut-off time.
If Blue didn't play, forward
The Kings (28-53) recently shut down All-Star center
Jordan Hill and Jabari Brown each had 18 points for the Lakers, who turned their attention slowly toward Wednesday's game.
Is this the worst Lakers team ever? Really?
"Definitely don't want to be a part of that," Hill said.
But it definitely could happen.