COMMENTARY – Forget Andrew Wiggins. Forget Jabari Parker. Forget Joel Embiid. For that matter, forget Dante Exum. All of these projected stars will be off the board by the time the Lakers pick at number seven. Now that Mitch Kupchak knows where LA stands, he can get to rebuilding the club. But, the task became that much harder with the disappointing news.
The luck was with the Cleveland Cavaliers again, and because the Cavs moved up from nine to one, the Lakers fall one spot from sixth to seventh. Quite frankly, it really didn’t matter unless LA moved into the top three. But when the Lakers logo came up on envelope number seven, all dreams of landing a potential superstar have seemingly gone out the window. It will make the pick all the more tricky, as they’ll have to explore a myriad of options.
First and foremost, Kupchak can now find a coach, focus on filling the roster, and taking a look at some potential players to select with the number seven pick. It’s doubtful now the Lakers will be able to trade for Kevin Love, as Minnesota will likely be able to find better suitors.
So it will be a monumental challenge for Kupchak to rebuild one of the most storied franchises in professional sports. However, much like Manchester United across the pond, the Lakers have global appeal, a winning culture, and plenty of money to spend.
Finding the right coach will be critical in LA’s ability to land superstar free agents, which they’ll have to do in order to turn things around in the next two years. The big question would be how much Kupchak is willing to invest this season, as LeBron James and a number of other key players could be switching teams in 2015.
So for now, the Lakers’ run of bad luck continues. Judging from past history, it shouldn’t be for long.