Toughest Decisions the LA Lakers Need to Make

The Los Angeles Lakers have nowhere to go but up. Or so it seems.

Spiraling toward another record-busting season of losses, the 19-52 Lakers face tough decisions at almost every level of the organization, though primarily on the court.

In obvious rebuilding mode, the Lakers are taking a hard look at which players they’ll keep when the season ends in a couple of weeks. There are talented pieces on this team who, with the addition of several top-level free agents and draft picks, stand ready to elevate L.A. back to respectability.

The Lakers could have as many as four picks, two in each round, with the remote possibility of getting the No. 1 pick in the lottery. Most likely they will pick in the fourth or fifth position.

Who should the Lakers draft: the best player available or the one who fits a need?

With 11 games left, the coaching staff is evaluating everyone on the roster. Veterans, like Jordan Hill, Jeremy Lin and Carlos Boozer, are being rested more so as to give such players as Tarik Black, Ryan Kelly and Jordan Clarkson the opportunity to develop.

Competing supplanted winning as the team’s mantra long ago. Though it was exciting to see Clarkson lead the Lakers to an overtime win against the Minnesota Timberwolves last week, the victory did absolutely nothing to enhance the team’s critical draft position.

Questions also surround the Lakers front office. Just who among the triumvirate of Mitch Kupchak, Jim Buss and Jeannie Buss is running the team, and what is their game plan to fix it?

A panel of ESPN Insiders this week ranked the Lakers front office 28th out of 30, a drop of 12 spots from a year ago. Those same pundits also ranked Kupchak 26th among the league’s 30 general managers.

That’s not a ringing endorsement.

And, last but not least, just how will Kobe Bryant fit back into a club that clearly needs a major infusion of youth, speed and athleticism to set it back on the right path? And what will be his legacy?

There are lots of questions and few clear-cut answers.

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Mariners option left-hander Elias to Triple-A

Left-hander pitcher Roenis Elias has been optioned by the Seattle Mariners to Triple-A Tacoma, a decision that likely means right-hander Taijuan Walker will be the Mariners’ fifth starter.

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Liverpool the only English club I could play for ? Suarez

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Murray to work with Bjorkman, may make hire

Andy Murray is testing out retired Swedish tennis player Jonas Bjorkman, with a view to adding the doubles specialist to his coaching team.

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VIDEO: Systrom: Instagram’s ambitions to grow

Instagram’s co-founder, Kevin Systrom, discusses the company’s ambitions for photo-sharing service.

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Obama Lauds STEM Progress at White House Science Fair

President Obama on Monday announced $240 million in new pledges from private businesses, schools and foundations across the country for STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — education. The president also announced that a national goal set four years ago to provide 98 percent of Americans with high-speed wireless Internet has been reached ahead of schedule.

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Tweets of the Week – 3/27

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Photos of two small moons open the door to a new vastness

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France vs. Denmark: Winners and Losers from International Friendly

France recovered from their 3-1 loss to Brazil on Thursday by beating Denmark 2-0 at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.

Alexandre Lacazette fired Les Bleus into the lead early on before Olivier Giroud doubled the advantage prior to the half-time whistle. The closest the Danes came was just before the break as Nicklas Bendtner headed against the post from a cross.

Here, B/R picks its winners and losers.

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Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2413440-france-vs-denmark-winners-and-losers-from-international-friendly

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Meet Facebook’s New Jack-of-all-Trades

What does Facebook’s new Messenger mean for you? Messenger is now a platform independent of Facebook, enabling users to conduct instant communications both with friends and businesses.

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