& # 39; Shooters Shoot & # 39; and & # 39; Shot Makers make shots & # 39;

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After signing LeBron James, the Los Angeles Lakers embarked on an unconventional path to fill their roster around him by adding Michael Beasley, JaVale McGee, Rajon Rondo and Lance Stephenson. The approach flew in front of the teams that historically surrounded James with knockdown shooters.

Lakers president of basketball operations, Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka dismissed any concern about the perceived lack of spacers. They advertised their group of versatile ballhandlers and expressed confidence in such characters as Lonzo Ball, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Josh Hart and Kyle Kuzma who are skilled behind the bow.

While the suspensions and injuries could be blamed in some way, the Lakers were not predictably a strong shooting team. They were particularly ineffective on Thursday's loss to the Toronto Raptors, going just 7-for-31 (22.6 percent) from the depths.

Rondo did not attempt a 3-pointer in the loss, but he still had an astute observation of the Lakers' struggles, via Bill Oram of The Athletic:

While each of Rondo's 10 attempts to shoot on goal was within the arc, he is only six games out of 12 points from 3 points. The Milwaukee Bucks dared the veteran point guard to beat them from the deep, and he certainly was willing to settle.

The Lakers coach, Luke Walton, did not criticize Rondo for his excessive number of attempts, citing many of them arriving in the crime stream. When asked about the abnormal performance, Rondo died, "Shoot the shooters. I was open so I had to shoot him. & # 39;

The Lakers as a team ranked 29th in the NBA with a three-point shot at 33.2%.


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