Lebron James, Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis. And even Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard. The Los Angeles Lakers have sent a superstar ensemble to the race for the hunt for the sole NBA record championship. And the team actually delivers records. 82 points conceded the Lakers last against the Dallas Mavericks – in a halftime, mind you. This is negative record since the franchise in 1960 is moved from Minneapolis to Los Angeles.
“My goodness, what are the Los Angeles Lakers for a bad basketball team,” USA told Today recently and suggested not to transfer the games of the 17-Palamous Master in national television.
The latest low point: After the 109: 122 in the night of Friday at Utah Jazz, the Lakers slipped in the Western Conference in eleven. Thus, the champion of 2020 would not even be with the play-in tournament.
In the last six games of the regular season, victories have to be, which also knows the championship coach Frank Vogel. “We have to fight and give ourselves a chance,” the 48-year-old said, “If we manage to get into play-in-game in full strength, we know that we have a chance.”
Of course, the Lakers have injury worries. Superstar James, TopScorer of the league with a cut of 30.1 points, lacked Utah because of an ankle injury. Anthony Davis, the second guarantee for the championship two years ago, has no longer played because of a blessur on the right center foot since mid-February.
The duo should stand before his return – and pick the chestnuts out of the fire. Star access is Westbrook (33), once valuable player and triple-double-king of the league, only a shadow of his own.
Westbrooks Trade has been extremely expensive. Around 44 million dollars, the Point Guard enters this season, James and Davis are not far behind. In view of this metropolitan, the Lakers had to make compromises for further contracts.
For the former Heroen Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neill and James Worthy is Westbrook’s face of the crisis. Johnson talked about the “worst trade of the Lakers story”, it should not even be enough for the play-in tournament, the pre-play-offs of the teams on the squares seven to ten.
The proud franchise pays plenty of college for its personnel policy. Without Davis and the meanwhile 37-year-old James, the team often has little to oppose homogeneously occupied teams.
The 37th starting formation was also used against Utah in the 76th season game. Some one says the team of the preseason – with national Dennis Schröder on the Westbrook position – had been better occupied.