The Los Angeles Lakers are one of the most well known teams in the world, yet it seems we haven’t talked about them for months. With Kobe Bryant in France and caring little about the team at the moment and the head coaching position still unfilled, the Lakers are a mess and they’re a mess no one really wants to talk about.
But while they’re an irrelevant franchise at the moment, the Lakers are doing work behind the scenes to restore their glory and return to the heights they were at just five years ago.
According to Sam Amick from USA Today, the Los Angeles Lakers have eyes for not just Carmelo Anthony this summer but also plan on pursuing LeBron James and other top free agents to help jump start their rebuilding process the Laker way.
Specifically, the idea that the Lakers could beat the odds and land the likes of the Heat’s LeBron James, the New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony or any of the other superstars who may be free agents on July 1 has led the Lakers to plod through their process so as to not limit their potential options. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the search.
So, the Lakers are going to pursue LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony — and apparently everyone else — after all.
There seems to be some broken logic in this as not wanting to hire a head coach so you can land two of the top free agents on the market doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. That’s like eating a banana with the peeling still on because you didn’t want to tear a finger ligament opening it up, but you’re still getting potassium.
LeBron and Carmelo teaming up isn’t something we should laugh too hard at — but the duo doing so in Los Angeles is. The Lakers are a mess and a team without direction and as long as they have over $40 million tied up in two seasons with a broken Kobe Bryant, no one is going to be coming out west to play in L.A., at least not for the Lakers.