In every sport, there are teams that can not stay away from winning championships. It seems as if they always manage to get over the obstacle that stands on their path to victory. That sentence might've sounded a little cheesy (cheesy to me anyway), but that is the perfect description of the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Lakers are probably magnetic because they always seem to attract the Larry O'Brien Trophy. Okay, I admit that sentence was lame, but you get my drift. The Lakers are at it again, possibly reaching their long awaited sweet sixteen.
Their organization better hope these possible misfortunes don't happen to them next season.
Kobe Bryant Getting Injured
The Lakers dealt with Andrew Bynum and Jordan Farmar getting injured last season. Pau Gasol is currently out for a few weeks because of a minor finger injury.
If Kobe Bryant was to get injured next season for an extended amount of time, then the Lakers could say bye-bye to the best regular season record and hello to becoming second, third, or fourth in the Western Conference. Yeah, he's that important.
I can't think of anyone who is skilled enough on the Lakers team to completely fill in the role of a leader and a superstar.
Ron Artest is a possibility, but his crazy-eyed antics and leadership on and off the court is beyond questionable.
Pau is the nearest thing to a superstar player in the Lakers team, but he hasn't shouldered the burden that Kobe has in making the whole franchise of one of the most successful teams in sport history.
No one can truly fill in the void that is left. The second-best shooting guard on the Lakers' roster is Shannon Brown. Brown is a player with a shooting guard mentality, but who has the body of a point guard.
I am not saying Brown is a bad player. He's just not Kobe, plain and simple.
Ron Artest Being Ron Artest
This player is entertaining. I admire his toughness. Ron's and Kobe's defensive battles in both the regular season and playoffs was one of the highlights of last season.
With Artest joining the Lakers club, I expect him to behave, and only get ejected three times next season, including the payoffs.
Is that too much to ask?
Personally, if anyone cares, I would like to see Artest get on his defensive assignment's nerves. That would be funny.
I don't want Ron Artest causing another brawl that would cause him to be useless for a whole season, ultimately making the Lakers organization and fans regret picking him up.
I'm optimistic that Ron-Ron will behave, especially when Kobe and Phil has the power to tell him to shut up and sit down when they see fit.
Don't forget, this is Hollywood, not Houston (no disrespect to Houston). There are bigger egos than Artest.
Not Winning the Championship
I've been planning emergency actions inside my head when the unfortunate day comes and the Lakers do not accomplish their goal.
Right now, my plans of action are preliminary. It's either make a sappy, yet heart felt Lakers love song or throw something really hard--preferably a huge rock-- aiming for my parents' plasma T.V. It's still an ongoing process.
I remember last season when the Lakers lost a game. It ruined my day completely. I could not focus on anything. I just kept asking myself what went wrong for the Lakers to be defeated.
It was severe enough that I couldn't even go to ESPN or SportsCenter every time they lost a game because I didn't want to be reminded of their loss. Pretty sad, I know.
Putting my dramatic side away, I'm not saying that the Lakers don't have the opportunity next season to win a championship. Far from it.
I'm saying—or rather, typing—that the Lakers have a chance to lose it all, too.
If that day comes, it would be the biggest, and most unexpected, of disappointments. Key word here is if.
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