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The end of the NBA regular season calendar brings a well-deserved round of applause for every team that gets to play in the second season. And for every winner, there is a loser—more so than others. Here are the top five most disappointing teams of the 2013-2014 season.
Los Angeles Lakers:
This quite possibly has been the worst season in franchise history for the Purple and Gold. There wasn’t much the Lakers could have done this year considering injuries suffered throughout the course of the season. The team was barely a playoff team at-best with Kobe Bryant in the lineup, but without him they failed in finding someone who could take over the game when in trouble. And when Pau Gasol went out, the team was flat out dreadful.
The easiest way to fix the Lakers is probably the most difficult way of going about it: firing Mike D’Antoni. Lakers management is stubborn in realizing this and it will cost them going forward. At least a lucky bounce in the lottery could salvage this forgettable season for the franchise.
New York Knicks:
The Knicks have all the talent to win an NBA championship but a lack of chemistry on the court is dooming one of the greatest franchises in league history. Bringing in Phil Jackson as the savior might not be as easy as everyone thinks it will be. First, the Zen Master must convince Carmelo Anthony to give New York another shot and Phil’s 11 rings can take care of the talking. However, Jackson will have limited options after that. With no top draft picks this year and the big contracts of Amar’e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler keeping them from being big players in free agency, there’s not much room for Jackson to make a move.
Not only that but Jackson must also address the point guard situation. Whoever gets to coach the Knicks next season will be in for a long year.
Kevin Love stayed healthy this season and had one of the best seasons in the league. But for a player like Love, there’s more than just posting crazy good numbers, he also wants to win. It’s that reason that may force Love to leave after the franchise missed the postseason for the 10th consecutive year. Minnesota will have to improve its bench and convince Love that playing alongside Ricky Rubio is worth prolonging his career in Minnesota.
This was supposed to be the year the Cavaliers made the postseason with a talented backcourt in Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters. Obviously, that didn’t go as it was meant to and the reason being because both players need the ball to be effective. The team will need to resolve this issue going into the offseason, and acquire more experienced veterans lending a hand to a very young team. And there is still hope for Anthony Bennett.
Despite all the size and scoring ability, the Pistons were one of the most disappointing teams this year. Josh Smith struggled finding his niche, and even worse is he is still under a massive contract. To add insult to injury to Detroit’s season is that they have no first-round pick in this year’s draft. There’s no bright spot this year for the Motor City.