Why Los Angeles Lakers Face Uphill Climb Back Toward Playoff Contention

August 19th, 2014 by Dan Favale Leave a reply »

With their roster set and a head coach in place, the Los Angeles Lakers march toward 2014-15 and beyond facing an uphill climb back to playoff and championship contention.

Actually, that doesn't do their present predicament enough justice.

Know that cliche-carting, geriatric golden-ager who peddles some exhausted—not to mention totally untrue—bunkum about having to slog through uphill snowstorms to and from school on foot? That's the Lakers.

That's the intimidating journey they now face.

There is no way to completely avoid it either. There is only the uncertain possibility of the Lakers finding a much-needed, smoothly paved, fair-weather shortcut. 


Kobe Bryant and the Immediate Battle

Before looking ahead, it's imperative to look at right now. And right now, the Lakers figure to be overtly and overly dependent on a soon-to-be 36-year-old Kobe Bryant, who appeared in only six games last season.

"It's my job to go out there next season and lay it all out there on the line and get us to that elite level," Bryant said in July, via ...

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