The 2012-2013 Los Angeles Lakers started the season as one of the favorite teams to win the 2013 NBA championship. With Dwight Howard and Steve Nash signing with the LA Lakers in the off-season, the Lakers were considerably good in the minds of NBA fans, the analysts and coaches and especially in the minds of the Laker fans. Having a ‘big 4’, four NBA All-Stars was something that could not be over-seen, and it was the step the Lakers needed for them to be back to the NBA Finals.
However, things did not go as planned. Kobe and Dwight could not get along in the locker rooms, the D’Antoni coaching system was not working and the LA Lakers with Kobe Bryant as their leader had to play heavy minutes down the road for a spot in the playoffs. Bryant had played consecutive games without taking a breather, 48 minutes and in the game vs the Golden State Warriors he ruptured his achilles, which meant he was done for the playoffs and also the 2013-2014 NBA season. The system was not working in LA, Kobe’s relationship with Dwight was an issue, their defense was poor and so the Lakers were eventually eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the San Antonio Spurs.
This team was supposed to be the next ‘super-team’ in Los Angeles and challenge the Miami Heat and LeBron James for a title but it failed all of its expectations. FadeAway World brings you the 2013 starting line-up for the Lakers and where they are now in terms of their basketball careers.
Steve Nash played 1217 games in the NBA and averaged 14.3 points and 8.5 assists per game. He won two MVP trophies but never an NBA title in his playing career. In his years with the Lakers, Nash averaged 11.4 points and 6.4 assists per game. Moreover he retired in 2014 as he finished his amazing NBA career. He was a consultant with the Golden State Warriors in 2017 as he helped the team in the locker rooms and the practice facilities. Steve Nash also played a huge role in bringing Kevin Durant to the Bay area. Finally, Nash earned his first NBA ring with the Warriors this summer as a consultant. This off-season Nash also helped some NBA young prospects and rookies, and had some private sessions with the No. 2 overall pick Lonzo Ball.
Nash may have stopped playing basketball professionally, but he continues to grow in the department as he is helping teams and players succeed.
Even though in 2012-2013 Kobe and his poor relationship with his teammates were an important reason as to why this team could not get the job done and win some basketball games, Kobe had an incredible basketball career, winning five NBA championships.
Kobe Bryant will be remembered by many as the best Laker player of all-time. His mentality, his scoring, his skills, his shooting and clutch gene was what made him special. After 20 years in the NBA, Kobe Bryant in 2016 decided to hang them up and play his last basketball game in the Staple Center in front of a sellout crowd. Kobe did not disappoint as he scored 60 (!) points on his last game, one that will be remembered by many. Since then, Kobe is into business, but also challenges NBA players to become better, succeed, and use his mentality to achieve their own personal and team goals.
Metta World Peace
A defensive juggernaut and someone who always guarded the best player on the opposite team. He was the starting small forward for this Laker team back in 2013 and had some games were he was really impressive on both sides of the court and some others were the team could not count on him, especially offensively. Metta World Peace bounced around the NBA and remained a Laker until the end of the 2017 season. He was used in 25 games and averaged 2.3 points and 0.8 rebounds.
Metta World Peace finished his contract with the Lakers, which very well may be his last team in the NBA, and after 20 seasons in the NBA decided to become a member of the New Orleans Gators, a team competing in the Global Mixed Gender Basketball (GMGB) League. At this point a comeback to the NBA seems to be out of the equation, but you never know.
One of the most respected athletes in the world, and a multiple time All-Star, Pau Gasol is currently a member of the San Antonio Spurs, and under Greg Popovich is hoping to win his third NBA title. Gasol will always be remembered as a Laker as he was the second engine, next to Kobe Bryant to carry the load offensively and help his team win the two NBA championships. In 2012-2013 with the Lakers, Gasol averaged 13.7 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. His numbers were good but the Lakers could not win any games.
After his seven years in the NBA with the Lakers, Gasol signed a contract with the Chicago Bulls and played two seasons with them. Then he decided to join the Spurs and help Kawhi Leonard win his second NBA championship. With the Spurs last year, in the 64 games he played in, he averaged 12.4 points and 7.8 rebounds.
In 2013 he was considered as the best center in the league, with the potential to become one of the best centers of all-time. His relationship with Kobe, the bad system in LA, his bad shooting, free-throw percentage and inconsistency were the reasons as to why he failed miserably in the 2013 season both individually and on a team level. He only played one year with the Lakers and then decided to join the Rockets. In the three years he played next to James Harden, Dwight was not himself. He was not the go-to guy and so he did not have the numbers you would expect he had to have.
Dwight Howard last year signed with the Atlanta Hawks but was never the same. With averages of 13.5 points and 12.7 rebounds, Dwight remains one of the good centers in the league but not one of the best ones. In this off-season, the 31-year old now Howard signed with the Charlotte Hornets and is looking for a comeback season that will have everyone talking. Can he do it or is it to late?