ESPN Says Lakers Will Have Most Team Turmoil This Season

December 25, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers power forward Pau Gasol (16), shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) and point guard Steve Nash (10) react during a stoppage in play against the New York Knicks during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The ESPN Summer Forecast is at it again. This time, the Los Angeles Lakers are said to have the most team turmoil out of anyone in the 2013-2014 season. The Lakers had 61 more votes than the second team, the New York Knicks, and 186 more points than the third ranked team, the Brooklyn Nets.

It’s not really that surprising to see the Lakers as the top team in this category. Although all of the Dwight Howard drama is now gone, the Lakers could be in trouble because the team isn’t that great. There were people asking for Mike D’Antoni to be fired last season, and if the team doesn’t meet fan’s expectations, D’Antoni could be in a load of trouble.

Another reason the Lakers could be in turmoil is the fact that their three star players are all coming off of injury-riddled seasons. It’s been said many times on here that Pau Gasol and Steve Nash could both be on a minutes restriction this season. Meanwhile, Kobe Bryant is recovering from his torn Achilles, and he may not be back until November, or even December.

Last, but not least, the Lakers are going to be atrocious on defense this season. Kobe plays defense three games a year, and maybe even less coming off of his injury, Nash is old, slow, and hasn’t tried on defense in years, and the Lakers no longer have Metta World Peace or Dwight Howard on the roster. MWP and Howard were two of the Lakers better defenders last season, so without their presence, the Lakers could be in a world of hurt.

Don’t get me wrong, I would love for the Lakers to be good this season, but all of the reasons I gave above make it hard to believe in this team. With struggles ahead, this Lakers team can definitely be the team with the most turmoil in the Association.

Do you agree with ESPN? Let us know in the comment section down below!

 

Topics: Espn, Los Angeles Lakers, Summer Forecast

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  • Jim213

    I doubt they’d be too much turmoil given last seasons expectations. Especially when the team has better depth within the 2nd team. Let’s not forget that given the current acquisitions and lack of chemistry the team won’t contend this coming season. While the other teams Kicks, Nets, have higher expectations than the Lakers this upcoming season.

    I know the team will make the playoffs (optimistic) as a lower seed given the current acquisitions but there’s still a few spots left to fill as well as next season’s trade deadline too. Although, it’s management that has put the Lakers future into doubt given last season’s moves though all that mumbo jumbo stuff about problems between Jim and Jeanie are just media hype. Proof Kobe’s Up Close interview this past week.

  • JJason Townsend

    Stop the press if espn says it then it must be true!

  • Daryl Peek

    The only turmoil will be the injuries and more importantly, when will Kobe be back!

  • hookedonnews

    I don’t believe there will be the kind of turmoil the Lakers had last season. The departure of Dwight Howard and a training camp to establish team chemistry, should help . Whether fans are happy with D’Antoni or not is irrelevant. Your statement that Nash has not tried on defense for years is false. He may not be a great individual defender, but he plays good team defense and has never been accused of giving less than 100% on the court. It’s impossible to predict how well this team will play considering all the uncertainties about the health of Kobe, Nash, & Gasol and the number of new players. There’s a lot of veteran leadership on this team, though, which is a plus. ESPN has no more clue than any of us what next season is going to bring.

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