The Lakers used to be on top of the basketball world. It was just two years ago that they completed a back to back as NBA champions. Just last night they were eliminated by the young and extremely talented Oklahoma City Thunder. It wasn’t a surprise, the Thunder are arguably the best team in the NBA right now and the Lakers didn’t seem to have the energy to match OKC. What happens now, nobody really knows. Like Kobe said the Lakers aren’t a very patient organization and he isn’t either. He wants his 6th ring, and he wants it now. Well, like not actually now, because they were just eliminated but you know, it’s a figure of speech. Ok, so back to this article. The blaring spot in this roster is really the bench. All the other flaws in their game can be fixed through communication and more nights in the gym. Stuff like Pau actually looking at the basket once in a while, Bynum playing offense and then you know playing defense, and of course Sessions knocking down a jumper here and there. They desperately need a bench, I think the most obvious move to make this summer would be to re-sign Lamar Odom and bring him back as a 6th man. He cried for months because he couldn’t shoot Khloe and Lamar in Los Angeles anymore so bring him back, get his reality show career back on track and he’ll be putting up 12 4 and 4 once again. Jordan Hill was a great pickup, Steve Blake is a nice piece but the other 5 players on the team are just trash. They desperately need a trade or a free agent signing this summer to build up their depth. Maybe even get a young prospect in the draft, this years draft is very deep and they could get lucky. Youth would be nice, someone like a Kawhi Leonard and what he did for the Spurs. Someone to jolt some energy into the Lakers. Another option you might ponder would be seeing what Pau’s value is this summer. Pau is so inconsistent, and passive on the offensive end that he can’t produce on a game to game basis when you need him. Bynum has years to develop, Pau is 33 and the Lakers may want to see who they can get for him. Ideally, they need youth and energy. Someone who can speed up their tempo and provide some fresh legs for this team.
Something needs to change because two second round exits in a row isn’t good enough for the Lakers. They need a smart move this summer to put them back on track.