Come to think of it, the NBA lockout could turn out to be a good thing for the Lakers. Kobe Bryant is having a knee surgery in Germany and this break is going to be a good thing for him at least. He will have enough time to recuperate. The shortened season will give Kobe the time that he needs to rest his knee after surgery, strengthen it and then get back in shape for the game.
The time-off will help not only Kobe Bryant, but his other older teammates as well. Right after the All Star break was the peak for the Lakers. They won 17 games out of 18 at the time, but run out of steam and eventually folded post season against Dallas.
The new Lakers coach, Mike Brown, is also a factor here. The Lakers will have some time to get used to brown during the lockout, but the actual game window is much shortened so there may not be enough time for the team to get used to Brown’s strategies.
It is being speculated that Kobe will bring his teammates together to get themselves used to the dribble-drive motion offense of Mike Brown. The Lakers have enough experience and ability to grasp the techniques real quick, and they also have players like Gasol, Bynum and Odom to compensate for any mistakes during the time.
But the main disadvantage will be in finding a point guard. The work stoppage puts a halt to the Lakers’ search for a good point guard. Darius Morris and Andrew Goudelack are players with potential, but neither of them may not be ready to be starting point guard yet. And it also highly unlikely that either of them will ever get to that stage.
In the meantime, the Lakers are saving on their energy during the lockout and Bryant is using this opportunity to get his knee surgery done.