Since the Los Angeles Lakers remain one of the most popular sports franchises in America, I decided it was time to put together an in-depth preview of the team for the 2013-14 NBA season.
Writing the preview wasn't as easy as I expected it to be. Once I started to put ink to paper, I realized there are too many unanswered questions to accurately analyze the team.
As I detailed several weeks ago, I still believe that the Lakers will head into the upcoming season with the objective to tank for a high lottery pick and try to sign LeBron James and/or Carmelo Anthony in the 2014 offseason.
With that said, the Lakers' plans may hinge on the health of Kobe Bryant. If he's able to play at an elite level from day one, Los Angeles may attempt to make a run at the playoffs.
Although I have to admit, any attempt at making the playoffs would be a foolish move by Lakers management. Even if Bryant is 100 percent healthy and is somehow able to turn the clock back on Father Time, I still don't believe L.A. has the necessary pieces in place to contend for a championship. Instead, I believe the team would make the playoffs only to lose in round one.
Losing early in the playoffs wouldn't accomplish anything and it certainly wouldn't please the diehard Lakers fan base. Ultimately all it would do is hurt the franchise by pushing them out of the Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker sweepstakes.
Sometimes it pays to lose. Like it or not, that's the attitude Los Angeles should approach the upcoming season with.
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