It was a disappointing end to a disappointing season for the Los Angeles Lakers. Once Anthony Davis was injured in Game 4 against the Phoenix Suns, it became clear that the team didn’t have enough to beat them. Although many of their problems can be attributed to injuries, there are issues on campus that need to be addressed as well.
Starting the season, it appeared that Vice President of Basketball Operations Rob Pelinka had done a solid job building the roster. Dennis Schroder, Marc Gasol, Montrezl Harrell and Wes Matthews were supposedly improvements at various positions for the Lakers. However, it ended up not being the case for much of the season.
Maybe some of the previously mentioned players will return, but it is very likely that not all of them will. Pelinka has yet to find capable pitchers for the squad. Regardless, LeBron James expressed confidence in Pelinka’s abilities, and he, too, plans to get involved in whatever the Lakers do this offseason.
“I think Rob has done a great job building this team over the past few years, and will continue to do so,” LeBron said after the loss in Game 6. “I’ll do my part. He always asks my opinion, he asks AD what he thinks. At the end of the day, what we want is to continue improving. “
LeBron regrets the season
The season started very well for the Lakers. They started 21-6 and looked like the best team in the NBA, but faltered due to a string of injuries. In the comments he made after the game, LeBron was clearly disgusted by his performance this season.
“What bothers me most of all is that we never got a chance to see the whole team in full force,” LeBron said. “Whether it was because of the injuries or the COVID or something that was happening with our team this year, we were never able to fully get into rhythm. And we could never really fully see all that we were capable of doing. “
LeBron is now 36 years old and has only a few more years left to remain a top-tier player.
LeBron is ready to bounce back
Anthony Davis had to deal with the toughest injuries this season on the Lakers team, and this often overshadowed the seriousness of LeBron’s injuries. Although LeBron wasn’t constantly shaking in pain, it was clear that he wasn’t fully recovered during the series against the Suns.
During his career, LeBron has been injury-lucky, but over the past three seasons he has suffered two serious injuries. The good news about the Los Angeles team’s early departure for the season is that LeBron will now have plenty of time to recover for the start of next season and should arrive in better condition.
“It’s going to do wonders for me,” LeBron said. “I will have about three months to recalibrate, have my ankle back to 100% as it was before … And that is the most important thing for me.”
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This is the original version of Heavy.com by Austin Boyd