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The Lakers are not on the brink of elimination in their best of seven first round series against the hated Phoenix Suns, just close to it as while fans hold their collective breath in wake of another improbable comeback against the Suns, one must ask the question if this franchise is going in the right direction.The most glaring weakness the Lakers have on their team is at the point guard position where they are exposed on both the defense and offensive end of the court.
The team has not invested enough money to strengthen the position instead going about the thrifty approach in signing Smush Parker a before last season only to watch him get smashed by Nash in the first round of the '06 playoffs against the Suns, a series the Lakers could have and should have won if only they had a point guard.
During the course of last season one elite point guard came available and called this reporter to tell Kobe Bryant he would love to play alongside of him.
The message was delivered to Bryant by this reporter and Bryant seem pleased at the news that Baron Davis wanted to play for the Lakers.
General manager Mitch Kupchak, head coach Phil Jackson and owner Dr. Jerry Buss failed to pull the trigger and get Davis from the Hornets and instead he was dealt to the Golden State Warriors.
The Lakers reasoned that Davis was too injury prone and the max-out $87 million contract was too high a price to pay.
Instead the Lakers settle on drafting Jordan Farmar with their first round pick, again failing to move down a couple of notches to get Marcus Williams a more accomplished and experienced point guard player.
Subsequently, Farmar showed signs of competence and then for some inexplicable reason out of favor with head coach Phil Jackson who favors taller point guards to initiate his triangle offense.
Farmar was sent down to the D-league and brought back up and began the playoffs as the Lakers starting point guard.
Parker went into Jackson's doghouse at the tail end of the regular season as the Lakers nearly fumbled away the opportunity for the playoffs.
All of this is just one Big Mess.
The blame can be place at the largest feet within the organization.
Star with Buss for allowing Shaquille O'Neal to get away because of his cost cutting measures, and again for Buss to allow for Jackson to return after he publicly denounced his star player Bryant and then blame Buss for keeping Kupchak who has not been able to pull a deal that would make this a championship team.You can blame Jackson for being so stubborn in his coaching style that he has failed to adjust to the players that has been employed for him instead forcing the players to adjust to him.
Blame Jackson again for allowing Bryant to take as many shots as he wants, piling up minutes on Bryant's legs and putting the Lakers at a disadvantage when they need Bryant most.
Blame Kupchak for not getting Baron Davis a, player from Los Angeles who desired to play here when most others decided not to (see Chris Webber among others).
Blame Bryant for opting out of his contract creating a bid for his services with the Clippers and not squashing his differences with O'Neal who has since already won another NBA title.
And finally, blame yourself if you are a Lakers fan for accepting this when you support Lakers paying high prices for nose-bleed seats and keeping their merchandise among the top in professional sports.