Los Angeles Lakers: What Happens Next If LA Doesn’t Improve?

November 24th, 2012 by Elijah Abramson Leave a reply »
Kobe Bryant gave the death stare that sent Mike Brown on his way out of Los Angeles less than 10 games into the 2012 season.

Now, after hiring Mike D’Antoni—the man who Bryant idolized enough to wear No. 8 for the majority of his career—the Lakers are still sporting an unimpressive 6-7 record. We all know that Kobe has next to no patience for poor performance, especially with the approaching pressure of retirement now that he is in the twilight of his career.

Bryant has rightfully earned a large say as to the moves that the Lakers' front office makes, whether or not Jim Buss likes it. He has helped the Lakers win five championship titles in his illustrious career, and as such has the ability to influence decisions, even though Jim Buss tried to make a move without his approval (by hiring Mike Brown last year).

So, with the Lakers performing as poorly as they are, what are the options that they face considering Kobe Bryant is on the proverbial “last straw”?

The first option is to trade Pau Gasol. Options have already been thrown around as to possible acquisitions, and Kobe has had more than his share of mo ...

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