The lasting images surrounding the Lakers’ 2012-13 season hardly spark pleasant memories.
They lost in a four-game sweep in the first round to the San Antonio Spurs. The Lakers’ star studded lineup in Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Steve Nash and Pau Gasol never showed consistent chemistry. The team’s overlapping injuries and Mike D’Antoni’s adjustment to an aging and slower roster didn’t help, either.
But as Time Warner Cable SportsNet still found enough highlights to put together an hour long show airing tonight at 8 p.m., a segment that will count down the 50 plays of the Lakers’ season.
There were plenty.
Bryant made two free throws essentially on one foot after tearing his left Achilles’ tendon April against Golden State. He threw down numerous dunks, including ones over Atlanta’s Josh Smith, Brooklyn’s Gerald Wallace and the Clippers’ Chris Paul. Even Pau Gasol threw down a submarine dunk to secure the Lakers’ Christmas Day win over the New York Knicks. Dwight Howard also made a game-saving block in March on New Orlean’s Robin Lopez.
Beyond Bryant’s performance, such highlights don’t necessarily reflect the Lakers season. Gasol averaged a career-low 13.7 points on 46.6 percent shooting as he adjusted to D’Antoni’s faster-paced system. Howard also remained limited because of injuries to his back and right shoulder. But the plays still gave Lakers fans some distraction from an otherwise disastrous season.
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