The 2015-2016 Los Angeles Lakers did something on Sunday night that has only been done once in franchise history. With a loss to the Charlotte Hornets, LA dropped their 10th game in a row, tying a franchise record set in 1994. The loss gave the Lakers a 9-41 record, guaranteeing them three straight non-winning seasons for the first time since the early 1960’s. Laker fans have been surprisingly patient throughout the rebuilding process with Staples Center filled to capacity for almost every home game. But that patience might be running out quickly as the LA crowd showered the team with a series of boos during Sunday’s loss.
One thing that will never change is the admiration for forward Kobe Bryant, who scored 23 points including three 3-pointers in a two-minute span during the second quarter. But even Kobe knows the struggles his team has gone through are unacceptable, especially considering the proud history of the Laker franchise. In his last season, Bryant understands what it takes to build a champion from the ground up and remains somewhat optimistic about the Lakers chances going forward.
“You’ve got to keep fighting. You’ve got to keep playing. You’ve got to keep competing. You can’t capitulate to it. You keep going hard every single time and sometimes you have seasons like this and it’s tough.”
“The Navy SEALs have a way of taking guys to the bottom of the pool,” Bryant noted. “Sometimes, you’ve got to go to the bottom of the pool, man, and figure it out. We’re almost there, gasping for air.”
Guard Lou Williams, who added 11 points in the loss, understands the frustration from the fans but believes his team is still giving it their all on the floor.
“Hopefully the boos weren’t because of a lack of effort, because I thought our guys played all right. We just missed shots. Once we started missing shots, I think we just got demoralized,” Williams said.
Head coach Byron Scott was aware of the boos directed toward his team but also believes his guys are putting forth 100% effort.
“With our guys now, once they see that it’s starting to go south a little bit, they lose all hope and confidence, and somehow we’ve got to rally together and try to get that back.”
If the Lakers can’t find a way to get their confidence back on Tuesday night against Minnesota, they might be in jeopardy of losing their 11th straight which would pass the franchise mark for futility and more than likely bring the boo birds back for more displeasure.