At some point, we might have to start wondering if the Los Angeles Lakers are playing the NBA’s sneakiest game of possum.
The MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference strikes up again this weekend, a gathering that the Lakers infamously skipped in 2013. Between a few published reports decrying the team’s prevailing sense of apathy toward advanced statistics, coach Byron Scott’s proud parroting of acting “old school” as opposed to acting a “capable coach,” Kobe Bryant’s understandable interest in promoting anything but the team that is paying him $23.5 million this year, and a possible disconnect between Bryant and general manager Mitch Kupchak, we seem to have quite a bit of turmoil surrounding a team with the fourth-worst record in the NBA.
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Adding to that turmoil is the recent trade that sent a future Lakers draft pick to the Philadelphia 76ers, a reminder of the 2012 deal for Steve Nash that could deny the LakersRead More »from The Lakers are either way behind the rest of the NBA, or secretly way ahead of it