The Lake Show isn’t much of a show at the moment. It’s more of a gathering with many disappointed audience members wondering why the Lakers are looking like a bottom team in the West. With the Lakers bad loss on Sunday to the 76ers, it seems as if Luke Walton’s seat may be getting hotter and hotter. The team needs to recover from the trade deadline drama and they need to bring the locker room together if they want a chance at forcing their way into the mix.
Luke Walton is out
It seems as if he has lost the locker room, and the team has seemed to zone Walton out over time. They gave up 143 points in regulation this weekend, and no matter who you are, that isn’t going to cut it. Some type of major change needs to happen to shake things up, and at this point, all eyes are on Magic and Pelinka. LeBron, or anyone on the team for that matter, doesn’t seem to have any type of chemistry with Walton. At this point, it feels like just a matter of time before the Lake Show moves on with a new director.
The young core is just that, young
The Lakers have a legitimate young core that is still getting better with time, but they also do not have very tough skin. It’s obvious that the young core had their feelings hurt during all the trade talk, but they need to learn that it’s part of the business. With more experience comes better production. Kyle Kuzma seems to have established himself as the Lakers second best player, to the surprise of many Lakers fans. Many people had Brandon Ingram becoming a Kevin Durant 2.0, but he hasn’t developed as quickly as many people would like to see. What most people don’t seem to realize is that Ingram is only 21 years old. He still has 15 years or so left in the NBA and will continually get better. The team needs to obtain a chemistry that championship teams have. They need to know where each other is going to be, before they are actually there, and that will come with time and as the season goes on.
C’mon, yes he’s getting old and it’s showing, but he has proven time and time again that when times get tough he will give his all to his team in order to win. When you have the best player in the world on your team, you’re confident. No matter the situation. He’s still averaging 26.7 PPG to go along with 8.6 RPG and 7.4 APG, so the Lakers better make use of him while they have him. It’s been proven this year that they can’t win consistently without him, so now maybe with him leading the show, he’ll be able to put the team on his back and get them into the playoffs.
I can see the Lakers fighting back and earning a four or five seed come playoff time seeing as that they’re only five games out of that position. L.A. has the 10th toughest remaining schedule so they’ll need to win the games they’re supposed to win, but also show that they can beat remaining elite teams on the schedule such as the Warriors, Bucks, Raptors, and Nuggets. It’ll take the entire roster, and it’ll take some time, but hey, Rome wasn’t built in a day.