The Los Angeles Lakers suffered a devastating blow with superstar center Dwight Howard deciding to sign with the Houston Rockets rather than the storied franchise over the summer. With Dwight out and Kobe Bryant on the mend, the future is uncertain to say the least for the Lakers and GM Mitch Kupchak agreed that it’s difficult to know what to expect as of Sept. 25 via Serena Winters of LakersNation.com:
Kupchak reiterates about this season: "It’s hard to have expectations, it really is."
The main concern for the franchise moving forward is Kobe’s health. As the face of the franchise, Kobe continues to be the core of this team, but there’s no telling whether or not the five-time NBA champion will be the same player following surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon.
Along with doubts surrounding Kobe’s future, the Lakers must also deal with a transition phase. Pau Gasol and Steve Nash are both coming off the most injury plagued season of their careers while the Lakers lost Earl Clark to free agency and had to part ways with Metta World Peace for financial reasons.
Needless to say, the current Lakers squad will look drastically different moving forward with no telling what to expect heading into a season chalk full of uncertainty.
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