Lakers Lair Ep. 26: Coronavirus Halts NBA Season and Lakers Momentum

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It has been 11 days since the Los Angeles Lakers played the game of basketball. (But that doesn’t mean there will be less episodes of the Lakers Lair!) The reason that number grows with each passing day is due to the NBA suspending the 2019-2020 season with the emergence of the coronavirus pandemic.

Before NBA commissioner Adam Silver had announced that the season was going to be put on pause, the Lakers were on a serious roll. Before a nail-biting 104-102 loss to the Brooklyn Nets, the Lakers were coming off of two monumental wins.

Those wins coming at the hands of the best team (record-wise) in the NBA with the Milwaukee Bucks, and then the cross locker-room rivals in the Los Angeles Clippers.

Showing up huge in both of those wins were superstars and leaders LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

When the Lakers defeated the Bucks, several story lines would emerge from that victory. One in particular that Lakers Lair host Randy King and special guest Felix John-Baptiste discuss is the conversation of whether or not James has shortened the gap between him and Giannis Antetokounmpo in the race for league MVP.

“I don’t think the gap is as big as some of our national TV analysts make it seem.” – Felix John-Baptiste

“If he (LeBron) is in the NBA and is healthy, he is always in the discussion for MVP…Now it is as close as any MVP race in recent memory.” – Randy King

Several other topics that were hypothetically discussed due to the NBA season being up in the air included:

  • Do the Lakers have a serious shot in earning the top overall seed over the Bucks?
  • Will the addition of Dion Waiters serve as a major turning point in making the Lakers title favorites?

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Previous episodes: Ep. 25 | Ep. 24

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