Grading the Los Angeles Lakers season thus far
LeBron James is currently considered the greatest in the game, almost unanimously. He and Anthony Davis have learned to play with momentum and help bring a much-needed winning edge to the 2019-20 Los Angeles Lakers team.
You could make the case that before the NBA implemented the hiatus, the Lakers were playing their best basketball of the season thus far and looked like the best team in the league.
Since the start of February, and five games into March, the Lakers lost only three games. In the 16 games over the span of that stretch, the Lakers were 13-3 which included a 4-1 start to the month of Match. In addition to their impressive streak, they had three really big wins too – against the Philadelphia 76ers, LA Clippers, and Milwaukee Bucks.
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The Los Angeles Lakers felt like a team of destiny
With the way the season was unraveling, you could make a case that the Lakers felt somewhat like a team of destiny. Earlier this year Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others were sadly lost in a helicopter accident.
As a potential team of destiny, the Lakers had a little more on their minds as they inched closer towards the end of the season.
Los Angeles was finally a contender again, and it’s a shame that it had to come the same year in which arguably its greatest player ever was lost in a tragic accident. Even though the Lakers’ supporting cast still needs to prove it can rise when it matters most, LeBron James and Anthony Davis as a top-two was a great start.
The hope is that the 2019-20 NBA season is resumed at some point over the next few weeks. There are whispers that we could have a July restart. But there might not be a team that is hoping for a restart more than the Lakers.
LeBron James isn’t getting any younger, and you can make the case that this could be one of his last best opportunities to win a championship.
Before the hiatus, the Lakers were well on their way to a deep playoff run. Hopefully, we’ll be able to see that play out sooner rather than later.