Lakers’ Mitch Kupchak Needs to Hunt for New Blood

There is nothing at all moral about a moral victory in professional sports.  Maybe in college football, when an out-manned underdog from Division II loses by a point or two to a Division I power, sure they can talk about a moral victory.

But for a professional team to claim a moral victory is–well–immoral.  It’s like taking your cousin to the prom and claiming that she’s your girlfriend.  Okay, it’s better than taking your sister, but the truth is, you still don’t have a legitimate girlfriend.

Some local sports commentators are like that.  They would like fans to believe that the 89-88 loss to the Spurs at the Staples Center is proof positive that the Lakers would extend the Spurs to a seven-game series in the playoffs.  They have even claimed that the Lakers would take the series.

Seems to me somebody brought their cousin to the prom.

These same commentators were enthused by the Lakers' last-minute victory over the Hornets in New Orleans and predicted a successful 6-1 road trip. 


They glossed over the fact that the Hornets had two starters out and that the Lakers should have won going away.  Too many times this year the Lakers have barely won against teams they should have buried.

Whether you want to believe it or not, the Lakers are in trouble.

It was not just the recent loss to the Spurs and the blowout by the Celtics that are troubling, but the loss to the Sacramento Kings at home and two earlier losses to Memphis, one a blowout at the Staples Center, that expose the problem.

This team needs a transfusion to energize it.  But there is no Red Cross to be found in the NBA.  No charitable organization among the 30 NBA teams willing to give the Lakers another Pau Gasol.

Since that Gasol trade some three years ago, Mitch Kupchak has drained the Lakers of most o...

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