I couldn’t disagree more. The Lakers were unwatchable even when the won the title in 2010. But those last four years of Kobe were torture. Kobe was a shell of himself, but still played like the alpha-dog ball hog he’s always been. He took more shots than their next three best players combined, while the rest of the team stood the entire time. He played no defense, and the team followed his example.

Last season, the team started 10–10, including a 20 point win over the Warriors. Laker fans started believing a playoff spot was possible. The young players showed signs of developing until a series of injuries killed the team’s chemistry. The razor thin margin for team success— relying on their bench to outscore opponents by 30, while the Mozgov-Deng-Randle-Russell-Young starters got outscored by 27 — were eliminated as the key bench players had to fill in as starters. This left key minutes to be filled by two of the worst point guards in the NBA.

The fact that the young team fought the entire season, even when Magic went into heavy tank mode by trading their best player in Lou Williams, was a cause for joy. And even though they almost lost their draft pick by ending the season with a five-game winning streak, the team tried to play the right way.

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