With the Lakers' recent loss against the Denver Nuggets that dropped them to 15-18, they fell to 11th in the Western Conference. The numbers are against them, the surprisingly talented Western Conference is against them, even their fans are turning against them. Yes, they probably won't make the playoffs this year, with the injury-stricken Gasol and Howard.
But, a great team takes time to make. In 2009, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were traded to the Miami Heat in what was called the best Big Three of our time. They failed to make the playoffs that year, and only won a championship in 2012, three seasons after the "Dream Team" was drafted.
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The LA Lakers face a similar situation. After acquiring Steve Nash and Dwight Howard to assemble the "Best Starting Five." Mike D'Antoni, Nash's former coach from the Phoenix Suns was called to be the new coach, ripping Phil Jackson, the man that led Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Metta World Peace to three rings together. With everyone on the Lakers aging, it will take time to learn D'Antoni's fast-paced offense and no-defense ways.
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By 2015, if the Lakers manage to keep the same coaching staff and players, they should have a championship ring to their name. If not, then the Lakers need to step back and reexamine where they went wrong. For now, though, LA belongs to the budding Clippers.