L.A. Malaise: Despite Struggles, Lakers Right Where They Want To Be

January 8th, 2011 by Jason Heim Leave a reply »
It's an easy pitfall when following sports leagues closely. 

The temptation to generalize, exaggerate and overreact is subtle.  

When a player comes out of nowhere to hit nine home runs in 13 games, he's an All-Star and MVP candidate suddenly.  

When a backup center averages 12.5 points and 6.8 rebounds over two weeks, he's immediately worth $30 million.  

When a proven team hits cruise control and only gets as high as the No. 4 seed in the playoffs, they're all of a sudden too old and unreliable to contend.  

Remember the names Chris Shelton, Jerome James and the washed-up 2009-2010 Boston Celtics? None of them turned out even remotely like anyone in the mainstream thought, and they are just a few of the examples of this idea.  

All were judged rashly and prematurely, which leads us to today's ever-present lesson in sports: Over a long season, never judge a team/player/trend/statistic too early.

The subject of today's lesson is the '10-'11 Lakers.  If you're keeping track at home, you can probably count at least two times already this season where judging the team ...

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