It has been a five year playoff drought for the Los Angeles Lakers, and in order to get back to the post-season they needed to draft well and land a big name free-agent. Both seem to have been accomplished when they landed LeBron James in free-agency and then taking Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram, and Kyle Kuzma in the NBA draft. These young stars along with the mighty help of LeBron appear primed and ready to lead the Lakers back to the promise land.
With another week down and in the books for the 2018-2019 NBA season, the Lakers have managed to maintain their hot start as they now sit at the four-seed in the Western Conference. In this episode of the Lakers Lair hosts Randy King and BJ Boyer first talk about how the injury bug that has bit the Denver Nuggets with starters Paul Millsap and Gary Harris being shelved for some time can affect the Lakers.
This is the Lakers window to get into that upper-echelon of Western Conference teams. With the Lakers having a pretty favorable schedule coming up and it will be a good chance for the Lakers to rattle off some wins and see where we end up after those games. The Lakers have been on the wrong side of the injury bug and now it seems that we are just seeing another Western Conference team suffer from that.” – Randy King
You don’t want to see giys hurt ir see guys on the shelf but it seems that the Lakers are getting guys back when Denver is losing guys. Obvously Brandon Ingram, his status is up in the air and more day-to-day but we should expect him back soon and Rondo is close after getting his hand drained and is looking to return within a game or two. We’re going to be back to being a fully healthy squad which bodes well for us as we roll on.” – Randy King
As much as Lakers fans would have liked to see Denver fall to Oklahoma City in their match-up Friday night, all injuries aside, the Nuggets would prevail in their 109-98 vcitory. As it sits now, the Lakers trail the Nuggets by 2.5 games and will not see them again until the end of the season on March 9th.
In order for the Lakers to chac=se down the Nuggets, they would have to win the games that were in front of them first. In last week’s contests, the ‘Lakeshow’ would take home victories in two of the three games versus the Miami Heat and the Charlotte Hornets. The more advertised and talked about game would be the Miami game as it saw two former teammates and basketball cons LeBron and Dwayne Wade take the same court one last time.
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade worked out together before their final time facing each other on the court.
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One of the last discussions in this episode had to do with the rumors swirling around the NBA world that the Lakers would entertain the idea of bringing back Trevor Ariza. Ariza played one and half seasons with the Lakers, with the first season in purple and gold coming after a mid-season trade with Orlando in exchange for forward Brian Cook and guard Maurice Evans. The second season, Ariza would help the Lakers achieve thier 15th NBA championship and did so over the team that traded him away.
Ariza’s combination of offensive ability and defensive skill-set was showcased in the 2009 Western Conference Finals when he came away with two big in-bound pass steals to secure victories.
All this and more were discussed, so sit back and relax and welcome inside of the latest installment of the Lakers Lair. Enjoy!