After a season to forget, the Lakers they launched into the summer market with clear ideas. They had salary space for a big star and they went for one of the juiciest. A
Russell Westbrook who, along with LeBron James and Anthony Davis, is called to be part of one of the most powerful offensive trios in the league. A project that debuted on Thursday with a loss, the fifth in a row for the Angelenos in a disastrous preseason that confirms that they are still in the works.
The Lakers do not usually do well when their locker room is full of stars and this start to the campaign coupled with the experience of the past should be a warning. Already in 2003, the franchise brought together four giants as Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, Karl Malone y Gary Payton. Stars who were aiming for the title and who crashed in the final against the Pistons. Harder was the blow years later, when Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol joined by Dwight Howard and Steve Nash. They finished seventh, two wins away from being left out of the 2013 playoffs, in which they were swept by the Spurs (4-0).
This season’s is perhaps the best Lakers team in recent history. Because besides Westbrook they have landed in Los Angeles Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard y Rajon Rondo, all of them future members of the ‘Hall of Fame’. They have been joined by quality supporting actors such as Trevor Ariza -gold and purple champion in 2009-, DeAndre Jordan, Kent Bazemore o Kendrick Nunn. More than enough wickers to stand up to any team, although for this they must improve.
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Apparently in preseason, the team’s journey is still very long. Not even on Thursday, at the premiere of their three great stars, could the Lakers show a friendly face, who fell to the Warriors in which neither Curry nor Draymond Green nor the injured Klay Thompson played. “We are working to be in tune. It was the first time the three of them played together and it is normal for there to be mistakes, “explained Frank Vogel, the person in charge of making sure that the pieces of the Los Angeles puzzle fit together at the end of the season.
Patience and work
It will be then when it can be judged whether the giant project that the Lakers have put together is successful. The technician of his rival on Thursday, Steve Kerr, knows well what it is to harmonize stars. He did it on the champion Warriors that featured Durant, Curry, Green and Thompson. “It is a process that takes time. I’m sure what we see at the end of the season will be very different. When LeBron joined Wade and Bosh’s Heat I remember that as they got to know each other they played better“Said the Golden State coach.
To the lakers They have one last preseason match left before looking towards the official premiere -planned for the early hours of Tuesday 19 to Wednesday 20- which will be against the Warriors themselves. “It’s about working on the process, being patient with that process and understanding that we are going to have frustrating moments throughout the season,” acknowledged LeBron, confident in being able to raise the level shown. against the Warriors, against whom he added 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in 26 minutes of play. Davis went to 20 and Westbrook stayed at just 10, although he dished out six assists and grabbed ten rebounds.
It was the first step in building the champion team everyone is waiting for in Los Angeles. A process, as LeBron said, that requires patience and that forces the entire team to make an effort to keep up. Also for the secondary players, led this time by Carmelo Anthony, who is again before the great opportunity to get the ring of a champion who resists him.