LA will bounce back in 2014. But they will not compete for titles again until the Kobe era is over. This offseason is PIVOTAL to the direction of the franchise. Tough coaching and personnel decisions.
I agree with you, but disagree with you at the same time.
I'm not sure that we will compete for a title next season unless we are somehow able to get younger, more athletic, and better defensively. Hopefully you aren't implying that Kobe is to blame. Kobe has played his heart out this season and is basically playing all 48 minutes during this last stretch. Dwight is looking closer to 100% (but still not quite there yet), but other than that we in pretty bad shape. This season has been completely derailed by injuries. I can't really think of another season where a top tier team suffered so many injuries. Nash has been hurt half the season, Blake was hurt 1/3 of the season, Hill has been out since early in the season, Kobe is beat up, but still playing, MWP just has surgery and has been out for a couple of weeks, Pau has been out half the season, and Dwight has been recovering from major back surgery all season. Despite the age of this team I don't think that anyone could have objectively predicted that we'd have this many injuries to the core of the team.
I still have hope that we'll make the playoffs, but even my hope doesn't have me thinking that we are anything other than a 1st round exit :/ I just hope that we can tool up for next season and put some talent around a healthy core of Kobe and Dwight. I don't even know what to do with Nash or Pau. I don't just want to throw Pau away or anything. I respect him too much. Nash on the other hand? Meh, respect him, but he's not a big net positive to the team unless we bring back to Triangle... wonder if there are any coaches available that will run the Triangle