Lakers sideshow comes to town
Feeling sorry for Kobe and the suddenly inept L.A. Lakers?
Didn’t think so.
Tonight, for the second time in two weeks, the Wizards will be given the opportunity to serve a slice of humble pie to one of the game’s greatest players.
We all know how that turned out on Dec. 4 when the Wizards, who were 1-13 at the time, shocked LeBron James and the defending NBA champion Miami Heat with a 105-101 victory in front of a stunned crowd at Verizon Center.
Tonight the Wizards again will step onto the national stage – this time playing against a Lakers team that no longer strikes fear into the hearts of opponents.
The Lakers are coming off Thursday night’s 116-107 loss to the Knicks in New York, their fourth straight loss, and have fallen to 12th place in the Western Conference with a 9-16 record.
The Wizards are dead last in the NBA with a 3-16 mark. And while it’s fair to say NBA fans are not picking their jaws off the floor over the Wizards’ slow start, did anyone really expect the Lakers to be where they are?
Since firing Mike Brown five games into the season, the Lakers have lost nine of 13 games under Mike D’Antoni, a coach who will be forever known as Not Phil Jackson.
The Lakers are struggling so badly, Kobe climbed to the top of Mount Magic on Thursday to seek the sage advice of NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson.
What advice did the Lakers’ other Zen Master have for Kobe?
“The advice I get from Magic [Johnson], Michael [Jordan], that’s always sacred,” Bryant told reporters Thursday. “That’s going to the mountain top and talking to Buddha, know what I mean? That’s privileged information.”
Ah, yes. Privileged information. But if the Wizards become the Little Engine That Could and take down the Lakers tonight, Bryant might be making another trip up that mountain.