Opinion: Lakers Need to Make Changes Following Their Loss

Vuong reflects upon the Laker’s recent performances and future.

Written by JASON VUONG / Published on May 25, 2012  

On Monday, May 21, the Los Angeles Lakers played against the Oklahoma City Thunders, with the Thunders leading the best out of 7 series, 3 to 1.

This heavy loss caused dismay among fans everywhere, and will lead to big changes in the future.

During the game, Kobe Bryant of the Lakers had a strong performance with 42 points, but the Lakers still came short 90 to 106. This ended the 2011-2012 season for the Lakers after losing 1 to 4 against the Thunders in a shortened NBA season due to the lockout. They ended the season 41-25 placing 3rd in the Western Conference. After beating the Denver Nuggets 4 to 3 in the first round, they ran into the young Thunders’ team in the second round and lost the series 1 to 4 after a couple of heartbreaking losses in the closing minutes of game 2 and 4.

Bryant addresses the media following the disappointing game 5 loss in a game where he really wanted to win.

“They [Thunders] have really grown tremendously, [Russell] Westbrook improved, [Kevin] Durant obviously improved,” said Bryant. “They [Thunders] all made tremendous strides.”

It is clear that the Lakers will start their off-season with numerous questions that needs to be addressed from fans and spectators.

I believe the Lakers need to make some adjustments to the roster as they need to make one final run at a championship for Kobe Bryant. They have the option to either trade Andrew Bynum or Pau Gasol and I believe they will be looking in that direction.

As of now, Kobe Bryant will be entering the 2012-2013 NBA season in his 16th season at age 34 and he is determined to get his 6th championship ring.

Hopefully the Lakers will be begin the 2012-2013 season with some new players to the roster because I think it is time for a change in the Lakers’ roster.


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