NBA Playoffs 2012: Los Angeles Lakers Post-Mortem

It's taken me days to come to terms with the end of the Lakers season—mostly because it also has the feel of the end of an era. I didn't want to see that truth in print staring back at me.  

For the second year in a row, the Lakers have been dispatched in the second round. That is not what this organization is all about. Changes are coming. Mitch Kupchak said so, point blank.

And if the shot of him in the stands that TNT's cameras caught in the final game is any indication, everyone not named Kobe Bryant is in play.  

Pau Gasol is probably going to get traded. I won't be surprised if the Lakers amnesty Steve Blake, as there is no reason to keep him with Ramon Sessions now in the fold. Defensively, they are a wash. However, Sessions is younger, faster and willing to shoot the ball. Blake's hesitation to shoot when he is wide open is a liability.

We'll see what happens with Jordan Hill, whose hustle was a nice surprise towards the end of the year. 

I'm sure the Lakers will pick up Bynum's option for at least the next year. After that, who knows?

I think Bynum wants to be "The Man." Unfortunately for him, that job is currently held by No. 24. And Bynum did himself no favors with his petulance and his “I'll play when I want to” attitude. Plus, it's really never a good idea to blow off a meeting with the GM.  

I think Bynum thinks he is golden because he is perceived to enjoy Jim Buss's favor. But I'll go out on a limb and guess that the franchise is more important to the Buss family than a young, immature center, especially when you consider that he already has seven years in the league.  

Bynum really blew his chance to show that he could step up when he showed a terrible lack of effort during Kobe's flu game. In spite of being terribly sick, Kobe came to play and Bynum didn’t have his back.

That, in a nutshell, is why Kobe...

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