NBA Playoffs 2011: Are the L.A. Lakers Sick of Playing Basketball?

It's a strange question. How can professional athletes that are paid millions of dollars and doing what they love most be sick of playing basketball?

There is an easy answer to this strange question: human nature.

Everybody reading this right now has experienced a moment in their life where they wanted to escape routines. That's why we go on vacations. That's why we take breaks. That's why after creating the universe even God took a day off.

It's well documented that the Lakers have played more basketball games than any other team since the beginning of the 2007-08 season.

Wait a minute. Just stop and think about that for a second. What were you doing with your life in October 2007?

Now think about what you are doing with your life right now.

Two things happened. Either you realized that a lot has changed in your life or that you are stuck in the same routine. Chances are if you are stuck in the same routine, you might be sick of your job or whatever you may be doing. It's just human nature. When we do the same things for a long time we want a break from it, no matter how much we enjoy it.

Nobody can eat their favorite food every single day. And most of us haven't gone to work for every single day in the last four years. We just get tired and need a break. Unless someone is very motivated, which the Lakers haven't been all season, people get sick of routines.

Getting back on track, we have seen the Lakers routinely play 82 regular season games for four straight seasons along with eight preseason games per season. Finally, they've played deep into June with 21 playoff games in 2008, 23 in 2009 and 23 more in 2010. Add world tournaments for Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom (three huge members of the team) and we have ourselves a very exhausted team mentally, physically and emotionally.

The Lakers might just be very sick of playing basketball....

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