It seems like only yesterday the talk around the water cooler was who had the better perfect game, Gasol or Matt Barnes, now we’re all claming for reasons to believe the 2010-11 Lakers will be the first Jackson-coached team to overcome four straight losses and still end in a championship trophy come June.
Perhaps the Lakers had us all fooled, or at the very least spoiled. Here we are thinking how great the Lakers are, coming out to an impressive 8-0 start. Even after winning back-to-back championships they actually care about the regular season. That of coarse was followed by the team going 5-6. Not to down-play the regular season, but if the Lakers are going to have a hiccup in the road, there’s no time like the present.
As fans, it’s easy to go head-first into a sea of panic because we have absolutely no control over the situation. We’re not the ones in the locker room talking to the players, can’t assist the coaching staff in prepping scouting reports and we most certainly can’t grab Jackson’s clipboard to draw up a play.
At this point, we have to put our trust in the hands of an 11-time NBA Championship winning coach and really, that’s not a bad place to start.