Even with the whirlwind of off-season moves that have gone down in Lakerland this summer, Laker fans have their focus set on 2014-15 campaign, a time when free agents such as LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony may be available, leaving fans questioning the motive for the Lakers to win this season. Others are adamant that the team would be better off “tanking” in order to land a lottery pick in the 2014 draft, which is said to be one of the strongest drafts off all-time.
So, what are the expectations for the 2013-2014 Lakers? For a start, Mitch Kupchak has made it quite clear that the team won’t be tanking next season.
With the Lakers moving on from the “Dwightmare” saga of a season, many are counting them out to make run in the post-season, yet alone land a playoff birth in 2013-14. However, the Lakers have made some good additions this summer. Kupchak has done so much with very little, bringing in players such as Chris Kaman, Nick Young, and former Laker Jordan Farmar – despite limited spending power – with the hope to keep the team competitive next year.
While Kupchak and Jim Buss have brought in a young nucleus to gear up in the purple and gold next season, head coach Mike D’Antoni has decided to make a few changes of his own. It was officially announced yesterday that D’Antoni would be bringing in longtime Laker great and 8-time champion Kurt Rambis, along with the experienced Johnny Davis, who will join his coaching staff for the 2013-14 season. The additions of Rambis and Davis to the bench will add stability, comfort and a familiar voice in Rambis, who is also known for his defensive coaching ability.
Laker fans should remain positive about their chances next season. At the end of the day, anything could happen.
This is an article by Eugene Jones. You can follow him on Twitter: @Hugo_Jones1