Lakers struggle to start season after departure of coach

Lakers struggle to start season after departure of coach


The Los Angeles Lakers’ Ronnie Price (9) tries to split the defense of the Houston Rockets’ Kostas Papanikolaou, left, and Dwight Howard in the second quarter at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. MCT Campus

Marquis Munson

But if you watched the last couple seasons of the Los Angeles Lakers, it would be safe to say that fans wish Phil Jackson would come back and coach this team. With the departure of Dwight Howard, mediocre coaches, poor management decisions by Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss and injuries, the Lakers finished the 2013-2014 season with a 27-55 record. To add insult to injury, Phil Jackson took an executive job with the New York Knicks in 2014, leaving Lakers fans hopeless on his return.

Although it’s too early to tell, the 0-5 start this season is looking like a horrible sequel to last season.

Kobe Bryant has shown critics he is still one of the best players in this league. For example, he shot 14-37 for 39 points and one assist in Tuesday’s loss against the Suns.

The defense is causing major concerns, ranking last in the NBA in all defensive categories. The Lakers have given up over 100 points every game, a league worst.

The reality is Phil Jackson is gone. The only possible solution for this franchise is to put this talent together, play some defense and get back to 
Laker basketball.