It pains me to say it but it's very, very hard to believe the Lakers are going to right the ship enough to make the playoffs this season. I'd like for this All-Star team assembled in L.A. to be a title contender, I really would, but it's simply not happening. On paper, this team is great. This is the worst best-on-paper team in quite some time. It's laughable how bad they are right now.
They've already got one coach fired and somehow, some way, Mike D'Antoni has stepped in for Mike Brown and is doing a worse job. His "system" doesn't work with this roster, no one knows what to do offensively, and the D'Antoni system encourages no defense.
Injuries are getting some blame, but this mess isn't getting any better as the Lakers are currently 15-20 (before Friday's game at Oklahoma City). Let's do numbers: Over the last five seasons, the No. 8 seed in the West has averaged 48 wins - meaning the Lakers would need to go 33-14 to get to 48 wins. That's 70 percent.
Maybe they can close the gap and squeak into the No. 8 seed based on Kobe Bryant's will alone. They're currently five games back of the 8-spot. The only thing more puzzling than how Mike D'Antoni is doing worse than Mike Brown with a better roster is why Phil Jackson isn't coaching the Lakers.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have hired a new general manager, who promptly fired the coach who led them to a 2-14 season and made it clear he'd have a hard time seeing "Tim Tebow as a Jaguar. Even if he was released." So much for Tebow going back to his Florida stomping grounds and giving another poor, lost team hope.
Tebow fanatics will have to continue to be patient and have a little faith that somebody will give him a shot to play quarterback. Canadian teams will take him but I don't think that's what he has in mind. Rex Ryan and the Jets certainly don't have any need for him, except to fake a punt. Bringing Tebow in only to never give him a chance to play any meaningful time at QB on a terrible team is bizarre. But so is Rex Ryan's tattoo of his wife in a Mark Sanchez jersey. I'm guessing Tebow wasn't aware of that particular ink before he agreed to be traded to New York.