April 12, 2011- The defending champion Los Angeles Lakers are mired in a slump of sorts after losing five in a row and going through a disaster at the hands of Oklahoma City. But that does not seem to be disconcerning to perennial all-star and high scoring Kobe Bryant. Others seem to worry much more than the Lakers themselves. They know the season is 82 games long and then the second season, or playoffs start, that is when they know they have to be at their best.
Five straight losses, three of them at home and an unforgettable last couple of minutes against Oklahoma City on Sunday, everyone wants to finish them off. Bryant says that everyone is putting the nail in their coffin. What about last year the Lakers say, after finishing the season losing 6 of their last 9 and went on to win the championship.
Sunday evening was the icing on the cake, giving up 120 points to the Thunder. Then on Monday they did not even have enough physically healthy players to practice before facing the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday.
Coach Phil Jackson takes it all in stride, mentioning the 1991-92 Chicago Bull team he coached that went through a similar situation at the end of that season. The players told him not to worry that they would recover and regroup for the playoffs. The Bulls did just that and went on to win another championship.