Posted on: October 1st, 2014 by Alex Mazer Comments

 

Projected Record: 30-52 (12th in West)

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Kobe Bryant

Will Kobe Bryant accept another losing season? (AP)

Head coach: Byron Scott
2013-14 record: 27-55
2013-14 ORtg: 101.9 (21st)
2013-14 DRtg: 107.9 (28th)
Players in: Byron Scott (coach), Carlos Boozer, Jordan Clarkson, Ed Davis, Jeremy Lin, Julius Randle
Players out: Mike D'Antoni (coach), Kent Bazemore, MarShon Brooks, Jordan Farmar, Pau Gasol, Chris Kaman, Kendall Marshall, Jodie Meeks, rights to Sergei Lishouk
Projected Starting Lineup: Jeremy Lin, Kobe Bryant, Nick Young, Carlos Boozer, Jordan Hill

The purple-and-gold will still fill the seats this season, but for the wrong reasons.

For teams that reach rock bottom, it’s easy to say that there’s no place to go but up. But the Lakers just aren’t that bad yet. They’re entering another tumultuous season where they refuse to admit defeat as Kobe finishes off his final years with the squad.

Here at The Brooklyn Game, we’re all about giving readers the story from multiple perspectives. In case their roster didn’t prove how horrid 2015 will be for the Lakers, here’s some of their key players showing off their skills through the magical form of animated GIFs.

Jeremy Lin:

Jeremy Lin

He probably can’t do that this year, considering that Kobe is his teammate, but this should work…

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if there are some made threes to celebrate, like from Nick “Swaggy P” Young:

Nick Young Celebration

Just ask Iggy Azalea if you want to hear more. That’s about all the Lakers are getting from his new 4 year, $21.5 million contract.

Kobe Bryant:

Does anything really need to be said about the Black Mamba? I’ll just let Kobe answer that question himself.

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Robert Sacre:

Well… he’s a really good cheerleader.

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I mean, really good.

Sacre celebrations

Steve Nash:

He’s the oldest player in the NBA and quite fragile, so if he does reinjure himself, he'll be restricted to just peek-a-boo.

Steve Nash

And maybe some Gangnam Style, if he still thinks that’s cool.

Steve Nash Gangnam Style

Ed Davis:

Players like to posterize him.

Ed Davis Posterized

Carlos Boozer:

Speaks for itself.

Carlos Boozer blocked

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In simplest terms, the Lakers will play under Kobe’s command, as long as Kobe plays. Lakers newly hired head coach, Byron Scott vacillates with his philosophies every team he’s with. He can teach this squad whatever he wants, but that really won’t matter. Kobe will still gut out everything he has until he physically can’t while Robert Sacre cheers from the sidelines.

That's about all Byron Scott can hope for.

Byron Scott

Soon, this will be the reaction from fans of the other 29 teams, while watching the 2015 Lakers highlights.

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AP

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The 7-8 Los Angeles Lakers are in Brooklyn to take on the 4-10 Brooklyn Nets. Both teams on the second half of a back-to-back.

Projected Starting Lineup: Shaun Livingston, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Andray Blatche.

When & Where: 7:30 P.M., Barclays Center, Brooklyn.
Watch: YES Network
Listen: CBS WFAN 660 AM, 101.9 FM

Injury Report

Official Game Preview

 

Check out the advanced box score from last night's 92-83 Lakers upset over the Brooklyn Nets here.

Some brief takeaways:

  • Kobe Bryant had the lowest points produced of any professional basketball player that plays for the Lakers (Chris Duhon doesn't count), and was without question the catalyst for their victory. That's Kobe Bryant in a nutshell. P.J. Carlesimo said that Gerald Wallace's job on Kobe Bryant was "exceptional," and that's true, to some degree -- Kobe struggled to score through most of the night. But, well, you know.

  • Brook Lopez had a monster line that, when you adjust for playing time and possessions, is roughly what his line would look like if he played 40 minutes in every game. On the one hand, it's refreshing that Lopez can maintain a high level of production even when Carlesimo stretches his minutes to his longest regulation game of the season. But on the other, he played what he called "the worst 2 1/2 minutes of his season" in the final 150 seconds.

  • I'm going to contribute as much analysis to the bench mob as they contributed to last night's game.

  • Three difficult numbers to look at: the turnover rates from Deron Williams, Gerald Wallace, and Reggie Evans. Evans did grab over 50% of available defensive rebounds, and overall played a fine game within his role. But he played about 23 minutes, and probably shouldn't play much more than that.

 

 

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Steve Nash,  Deron Williams,Brook Lopez

An example of Lopez's mistake. (AP)

In a game the Brooklyn Nets were favored to win, against a team four games below .500, a team missing Dwight Howard and Metta World Peace, a team that lost Pau Gasol midway through the fourth quarter, the Nets could not find a way to close out, getting stymied & stuffed by some combination of their own ineffectiveness and Kobe Bryant's narrative.

Bryant, who shot a pedestrian 9-24 from the field, threw down an emphatic slam on Gerald Wallace and Kris Humphries in the fourth quarter, and later scored on a twisting layup that helped catapult the Los Angeles Lakers to their 92-83 victory over the Brooklyn Nets in Brooklyn at Barclays Center AKA The Black House. After an and-one bucket by All-Star Center Brook Lopez gave him his second 30-point game of the season and the team a slim 83-82 margin with 2:33 left, the Nets did not score again as Los Angeles rattled off 10 points to seal the victory.

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Just when you thought Kobe Bryant did Gerald Wallace dirty enough with this crossover, he does it again: getting to the lane and throwing down one of the dunks of the year. Watch:

 

Watch the ageless Kobe Bryant shake Gerald Wallace out of his shoes and hit a suddenly-wide open jumper:

Hard not to appreciate what Gerald Wallace brings to the game every night, but Kobe just took him to school.

 

Kobe Bryant (AP)

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Tonight: The 28-19 Brooklyn Nets host the 22-26 Los Angeles Lakers, at 7:30 P.M. EST tonight in Brooklyn at Barclays Center. The Lakers have found a rhythm after moving Pau Gasol to the bench and allowing Kobe Bryant to take over creative duties, winning five of their last six games. The Nets haven't played since Friday, when they eked out a 93-89 victory over a shorthanded Chicago Bulls squad.

Watch & Listen: Tonight's game is broadcast on YES Network. Ian Eagle and Jim Spanarkel are on the call. The game is also broadcast nationally on NBA TV. In the car? The game is radio simulcast on WFAN, and in Spanish on WADO.

More on tonight's game, including injuries and stats, after the jump... MORE →

 

Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard (AP)

In a conversation with ESPN's Stephen A. Smith this week, Los Angeles Lakers center and former apple of Mikhail Prokhorov's eye Dwight Howard confirmed that he's happy in Los Angeles, and neither anticipates nor welcomes a midseason trade. Howard notes that while his first choice destination was Brooklyn, it wasn't in the cards. "I know what I wanted to do. It wasn't allowed. And that situation is behind me."

"I understand about all the trade talks," said Howard. "But (Lakers president) Jim Buss has made it clear that nobody is getting traded. (GM) Mitch (Kupchak) has made it clear, and they're going to leave the decision at the end of the year up to me. But I think it's too early to separate this team."

Howard, who underwent season-ending back surgery last April and has struggled to return to 100% form since, says his back is about 75%. "This is my first year coming off back surgery. I really don't think people understand the severity of the surgery and how long it takes to recover."

As far as his expectations for the Lakers? "Getting to the playoffs and winning a championship. (It) hasn't changed."

Read/Watch More: ESPN -- D12 on Nets: Can't think about that

 

Dwight HowardLos Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard and small forward Metta World Peace will both sit tonight's game out vs. the Brooklyn Nets. Howard is nursing a shoulder injury that's kept him in and out of the lineup for the past few weeks, while the inappropriately named World Peace has been suspended one game for grabbing Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Knight around the neck and striking him in the jaw.

Without Howard or World Peace, the Nets' chances of winning increase drastically against a Lakers team that is just 8-18 on the road this season. Los Angeles will likely re-insert Pau Gasol into the starting lineup. They may also move Earl Clark to small forward and start either Antawn Jamison or Robert Sacre.