Like Marty Huggins says in the movie “The Campaign”: It’s a mess.
These three words pretty much sums the 2012-2013 Los Angeles Lakers season. Lakers fans did not imagine this season would be such a nightmare.
It all started when the Lakers acquired All Star Center Dwight Howard from the Orlando Magic and signed two-time MVP Steve Nash. Many people were predicting that this team would dethrone the Miami Heat for the title. Then the season began.
Mike Brown (now the Cleveland Cavaliers coach) was fired five games into the season. Then the chants of “We Want Phil” echoed throughout the Staples Center. Lakers fans thought their prayers have been answered as Phil Jackson was ready to accept the Lakers coaching position. However, Jim Buss turn his back on Phil Jackson and decided to hire former Knicks and Suns coach Mike D’Antoni. Even D’Antoni thought that he wouldn’t get the job. Nearing the end of the season, the Lakers were playing their best basketball. It looks like they turn their season around.
Then came April 12th, 2013. Kobe Bryant tore his Achilles tendon and was expected to miss 6-12 months. When he went down, the Lakers chances of winning a championship went down the toilet. Many people though that Dwight Howard would carry the load but they should have known better. It seems like he did not want to be on the court and was looking like a guy who wanted to leave Los Angeles in a hurry. Oddly enough, Kobe came into the arena and received a rousing ovation from Laker Nation. Eventually the Lakers was swept in four by the Western Conference champions San Antonio Spurs.
Now that Dwight Howard has left Los Angeles for Houston, Lakers fans can breathe a sigh of relief as they can look forward to a season without Howard. With Kobe recovering faster than expected, the Lakers are projected to finish twelfth in the Western Conference. Do not tell that to the Black Mamba.