It irked me, along with many Lakers fans, last year, when Lonzo Ball was labeled a bust. For one it’s unfair to call anybody a bust with only one year of being in the NBA. (even Markelle Fultz) Anyone who dared to call him a bust had a notable lack of basketball knowledge, and clearly didn’t look at his play, or probably just took what the critics said and ran with the notion.
People also took what Ball’s father Lavar Ball said as gold. Lavar was saying things like he could beat Micheal Jordan one on one, Lonzo is better than Stephen Curry, and that Lonzo would lead the Lakers into the playoffs in his first year. Comments like this should be a red flag as to how knowledgeable Lavar is when it comes to the sport of basketball. Still, people decided to go with the narrative that Lonzo was going to come into the league and be the next superstar during his very first season.
Not just in the obvious “missing the playoffs for the first time since his second year in the league off the heels of eight straight Finals appearances” sense, but in a way that completely rattles his legacy to its core.
Once he decided to take his talents down to the prophesized Los Angeles Lakers, the team seemed to instantly rocket to the top of the West, primed to topple even the dynastic Warriors. His true legacy-cementing test, the flick of the wrist for his career, would be conquering the mythical Western Conference as he had done with the East for nearly two decades.(more…)
When the Los Angeles Lakers signed LeBron James, it marked the first big name free agent the Lakers had signed since Dwight Howard (and we all know how that turned out). Adding the best player in the world to a young core that was destined to break out, seemed like a lock for the playoffs. Although the Lakers got out to a shaky start, a strong November and December had them sitting at 4th in the West and a 19-14 going into Christmas day. As we all know, LeBron James suffered a groin injury that day, yet the Lakers still managed an impressive win over the Warriors. Since that day, the Lakers have gone 8-15, including a 42 point blow out by the Oladipo-less Pacers, and now sit at 10th in the West. The Lakers’ season has taken a turn for the worse, and we might be far from the end due to recent trades, and the Lakers lack of success on drawing in free agents. Continue Reading!
The Los Angeles Lakers have played three games and I am already 100 times more excited about them than I thought I’d be. Even though they still have a lot to prove; I trust the young core on this team surrounding the king.
They had a rough start Monday night. LeBron couldn’t buy a bucket, starting 0-6 from the field. At the end of the first quarter they were down 40-26, and previously trailed by as much as 17. The only player who appeared to be in rhythm was Lonzo Ball, who started in place of suspended Rajon Rondo. Continue Reading!