End of an Era? Lakers Struggling

The Los Angeles Lakers have been reeling of late. They have lost four of their last six games, and each loss was by double digits. It has gotten so bad that the fans have started to boo the Lakers in the Staples Center. Kobe Bryant is getting older and Phil Jackson has hinted that this will be his last season as a head coach in the NBA.
Kobe Bryant & Phil Jackson
To make matters even worse, Phil Jackson called out Kobe Bryant after the Lakers lost to the Memphis Grizzlies,

We get behind early on in the third quarter on some stupid plays — poor passing, poor transition defense — and then Kobe has to screw up the game and start energizing the team by going one-on-one and that takes the rest of the guys out as a consequence.

Was Jackson right in calling out his best player after the game? I don’t think so, I think it just adds to the problems at the moment. I do expect Kobe to be motivated after the comment, but I also don’t think the losing streak is mainly because of Kobe. Yes, I agree with Jackson, he does sometimes try to dominate a game by going one-on-one and that is a flaw, but the main problem is the Lakers are old and its starting to catch up with them. They are vulnerable to young quick teams. Stat of the night: The Grizzlies outscored the Lakers 28-5 in fast break points. That is not championship basketball.

In the end, the Lakers will still make a strong run in the playoffs, but I don’t expect them to three-peat this season.

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