The real problems of the Lakers and how to solve them
The Los Angeles Lakers (4-67) have to make moves? How can LeBron James, Magic Johnson and Luke Walton straighten out the path? And how good is this team at its highest level?
Our NBA experts answer the big questions surrounding the Hollywood team.
1. What is the biggest conclusion you made after the first 10 games played by the Lakers?
Kevin Arnovitz, ESPN: We can talk about sumptuous intrigues, or if a group of veterans with one-year contracts could empathize with LeBron and the boys, but the truth is that, despite all the pomp and the attractive Lakers' stars, they win and they lose basketball games in the same way as the rest of the league teams. And the Lakers are losing basketball games right now because they play an indifferent defense style and are relentlessly overcome in the glass.
Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight: That his horrible defense, last season in twelfth position in defensive efficiency, but now in 23rd place, is putting too much pressure on his attack, which is still trying to figure out exactly how to operate with the best player in the game. world in its ranks. This includes James himself, who was not active enough on the defensive side of the court. It is too similar to the Cleveland Cavaliers of last year, who were struggling to keep their heads out of the water because of their bad defense. Tyson Chandler, at this stage of his career, will not be able to solve it.
Tim Bontemps, ESPN: I will betray and say two conclusions: they are the funniest team in the NBA and I am exactly what I expected to see from them. They have a lot of interesting and particular personalities, a lot of drama, fast paced and a terrible defense, which results in many closed games and a high score. Although it is also a team with many new pieces that require time to get involved, then seeing them below .500 after 10 games is not surprising. And with the way his roster was built, a team located near 10 on offense and one of the 10 worst defenses seems appropriate.
André Snellings, ESPN Fantasy: The Lakers have a lot of talent and they need to understand how that talent can be penetrated. The way this team was armed during the off season was always interesting. The Lakers have surrounded James with pure bases that do not have good baskets, talent and longuette that naturally play the position of James and a giant who plays a secondary role, but who is not able to extend the space on the field. Despite this, when they do things well with their dizzying pace and manage to score, this team has a formidable, if not terrifying, potential against most Western Conference teams.
Kevin Pelton, ESPN: Not that I was surprised, but the internal expectations were too high with a Lakers roster suffering from structural failures. Despite the patience preached by James, Johnson's criticism of Walton behind closed doors suggests that he was unable to understand the failings of the armed team by Johnson himself and his general manager Rob Pelinka this year, which could not be contender in the West, regardless of the coach.