The LA Lakers were once one of the more successful and powerful franchises in the NBA. They were able to acquire talent through free agency with minimal effort. Players would be thrilled to put on a Lakers jersey and they were able to put stars and great players together with ease. Can anybody name who the Lakers best player was last year? No, it was not Kobe Bryant as he hardly played. It was Jordan Clarkson, a rookie drafted 46th overall in 2014. The Lakers were unable to recruit a number of stars in free agency last year such as Lebron, ‘Melo and Bosh for example. The Lakers have the 2nd biggest market and should more likely than not be a preferred destination for NBA stars to build their legacy.
Kobe the Lakers undeniably best player for over a decade finds himself in a tough predicament. It is finally time for Kobe to pass the torch over to the next player who will lead the Lakers to the promise land. So far there only seems to be one problem with this, Kobe believes he’s still the best player and will remain the best player on the Lakers. He believes that even if the Lakers were able to net another star or superstar they would have to answer to him until he decides to retire. Can the Lakers be relevant again with Kobe being their alpha dog? Most around the NBA believe they are a non-playoff team in the west unless they are able to net another big time player or two. They were able to bring in Dwight Howard in a blockbuster 4-team trade that involved the 76ers, Magic and Nuggets but were unable to retain him. Although Kobe “attempted” to help the Lakers keep Howard his approach to the situation seemingly drove Howard away from re-joining the Lakers and joining James Harden and the Rockets.
The Lakers had another chance to get themselves another star this season with a couple of all star bigs joining the free agent pool, but guess how many they were able to sign? 0. The Lakers passed up on a player who seems to be able to dominate on the offensive end in the low block in Jahlil Okafor with the hopes that they can somehow lure one of the all star free agent bigs this summer. They were immediately out of the running for the top free agent big LaMarcus Aldridge after their first meeting in which Kobe was present. Kevin Love chose to return to Cleveland even though he will only be their 3rd best player. DeAndre Jordan chose to go to Dallas to be the alpha dog. The Lakers seemed to have struck out again in this years free agency although they were able to trade for the Pacers’ former all star big man Roy Hibbert. With every team in the league seemingly growing stronger whether it be through the draft, trade or free agency the Lakers have as well, but not in the way they are used to. Could Kobe be the reason the Lakers have been striking out in free agency? We think so, share your thoughts!