Kobe Bryant and his Los Angeles Lakers fell at home to the Dallas Mavericks 99-91 on Tuesday night. In a season opener that very much resembled the eight preseason losses that fans got see over the past month, a star-studded L.A. squad just couldn’t seem to put it all together.
Putting aside the awful free throw shooting (39 percent), Dwight Howard fouling out, Steve Nash’s quiet night, and the fact that Pau Gasol was the only player not named Kobe Bryant who seemed in sync with the offense, the fact that this team couldn’t compensate for all of that just by virtue of sheer star power is troubling. That was everyone’s response when folks questioned whether or not chemistry would be a problem for these Lakers: “They have too much star power for it to be a problem.”
Well, against an undermanned, weak Mavericks club – it sure did look like a problem.
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Mike Brown and his team better get their you-know-what together quickly because, by my watch, they have now lost nine consecutive outings this year. (All of which have featured at least two of their big four in the starting lineup.)
Check out highlights from this debacle of an outing in the video below.