Never a dull moment in Lakertown. Having failed to win a game in one of the longest losingest records in Laker history, Mike Brown was given the boot by the Buss family in the beginning of the season. All eyes were on Phil Jackson, but in the snub heard round the NBA, the job went to Mike D’Antoni in a midnight hurried hush up. And although Mike D’Antoni has never fully adapted to the way the team’s strengths the way Bickerstaff did–who still is the winningest coach in Laker history–the players began to work together enough to play some solid basketball the last half of the season.
On April 12, Kobe Bryant tore his Achilles after carrying the Lakers the entire season and all thought the Lakers wouldn’t make it to the playoffs. Wrote Bryant:
This is such BS! All the training and sacrifice just flew out the window with one step that I've done millions of times! The frustration is unbearable. The anger is rage. Why the hell did this happen ?!? Makes no damn sense. Now I'm supposed to come back from this and be the same player Or better at 35?!? How in the world am I supposed to do that??
I have NO CLUE. Do I have the consistent will to overcome this thing? Maybe I should break out the rocking chair and reminisce on the career that
was. Maybe this is how my book
ends. Maybe Father Time has defeated me...Then again maybe not! It's 3:30am, my foot feels like dead weight, my head is spinning from the pain meds and I'm wide awake. Forgive my Venting but what's the purpose of social media if I won't bring it to you Real No Image?? Feels good to vent, let it out. To feel as if THIS is the WORST thing EVER! Because After ALL the venting, a real perspective sets in. There are far greater issues/challenges in the world then a torn achilles. Stop feeling sorry for yourself, find the silver lining and get to work with the same belief, same drive and same conviction as ever.
One day, the beginning of a new career journey will commence. Today is NOT that day.
"If you see me in a fight with a bear, prey for the bear". Ive always loved that quote. Thats "mamba mentality" we don't quit, we don't cower, we don't run. We endure and conquer.
I know it's a long post but I'm Facebook Venting LOL. Maybe now I can actually get some sleep and be excited for surgery tomorrow. First step of a new challenge.
Guess I will be Coach Vino the rest of this season. I have faith in my teammates. They will come thru.
Thank you for all your prayers and support. Much Love Always.
It was up to Dwight Howard to carry the Lakers the last two games…and D-12 delivered, demolishing the Spurs 91-86 and the Rockets 99-95 in overtime to take the Lakeshow to the first round. Where, feeling the need for the absent Mamba to draw the defense, create his own shot, and take over the game in the 4th and deliver Los Angeles promptly lost 79-91.
What you notice is that Kobe is the only Laker who adapts and creates his own shot: this is what makes him the Mamba. And without him, as the Lakers only rely on D’Antoni’s predetermined plays, you begin to see the limits of the D’Antoni offense.
The only hope for the Lakers is for Steve Nash (out the past 9 games before this one) to live up to his touted reputation and use his basketball IQ to read the floor and create shots for the team. Otherwise, San Antonio may be the last stop for this years much-anticipated, confusedly led, and sadly injury prone Lakers.