By now you know I’ve gotta at least blog once per season about the Los Angeles Lakers. So here it is.
Our season came to an end last night. Sigh. We were beaten by a younger team, but I’m not sure about a more talented team. The OKC Thunder played with more desire, that’s for sure. This seems to be a running theme in our organization.
Once again, Kobe Bryant watched 90% of his team play half-assed ball. I’m not saying #24’s a saint or anything (though admittedly he’s my longtime favorite) but there’s no disputing that he shows up mentally for every game. He wants to be on that court and it’s evident by every shot he takes, and every wince on his face. Meanwhile, everyone hates him for one reason or another.
Andrew Bynum on the other hand is celebrated. Why? Because he’s tall? People, he doesn’t give a sh*t. I’d rather have three little dudes who play their guts out every night than one big guy who acts like he’s doing us a favor by showing up for tip-off.
I think Jimmy Buss and Mitch Kupchak keep Bynum on the roster simply for the hope of what he’ll one day become. But he won’t! He will never play with maturity or passion. If the light hasn’t clicked on yet, it’s not going to. I get that it isn’t easy to give up a Big. But how many times do fans have to watch him play and wonder, ‘Which team is paying him?’
In case you didn’t hear it last night, Bynum’s response to what next season might bring was, “It really doesn’t matter to me. I’ll play anywhere.”
Did you hear that, Mr. Buss – it DOES NOT MATTER to him. And that’s not just coming from some random girl who knows a lot about lip gloss. It’s coming from the man himself.
While Kobe is still suiting up, how ’bout we surround him with some players who actually care as much as he does?
Just something to think about for next season.