It all comes back to defense. It doesn’t matter what sport you play, defense wins games and championships.
The Los Angeles Lakers play absolutely no defense, so they’re 21-40 record is no surprise to anyone at this point. Still, giving up 132 points is unacceptable, and that’s what happened when the Lakers fell to the New Orleans Pelicans, 132-125, Tuesday night.
In 2014, the Lakers are 2-12 when they allow an opponent to score 110 points or more. LA allowed New Orleans to shoot 59.7 percent from the field and 41.2 percent from the 3-point line.
Anthony Davis and Eric Gordon each scored 28 points; Davis also brought down 15 rebounds. Tyreke Evans scored 24 points and brought down 11 rebounds.
For the Lakers, Pau Gasol led all scorers with 29 points while grabbing 12 boards. Newcomer Kent Bazemore scored 23 points, while Jordan Farmar added 20 points.
The loses just keep piling up for the Lakers, but Kobe Bryant had some words of comfort for fans.
“This year, we all know it’s been a real tough year for us right? So what I’d like everybody to do is to really just sit back and just absorb this year. Take it all in,” Bryant said in an interview with Power 106.
Bryant is still rehabbing from a knee injury and has only played six games this season. But being out hasn’t distracted Bryant from keeping track of the doubters.
“Sit back and watch and listen and hear all the hate that’s being thrown at us and remember every person that’s kicking you when you’re down because next year it ain’t gonna be this way. Appreciate it now. Let it sit in now, because revenge is sweet and it’s quick.”
Keep in mind that in the Lakers history they haven’t had back to back terrible seasons. However, the majority of players on the current rosters are on one-year contracts, so there is a lot of work to be done.
As for Bryant, he will have two years and 48 million reasons to fulfill his promise to Laker fans.