With 17 NBA championship titles under its name, The Los Angeles Lakers is regarded as one of the most successful teams in the history of the NBA. The team holds the record for NBA’s longest winning streak with 33 straight games set during the 1971-72 season. They also boast of top players like LeBron James who is known as one of the greatest players in NBA history. As impressive as this sounds, the LA Lakers are not having the best season, not on the arena or even on NBA betting sites. Usually, the NBA’s most impressive team has plenty of reasons to celebrate during the holidays, but presently, things are not looking so good for the team. The Lakers recorded a Christmas Day loss to the Nets and have a series of problems with key players which means the season could be wrapped and they might have to forget about the championship.
The Lakers seem to rely heavily on their three-star players to perform wonders on the pitch. With Anthony Davis’s injury, it only got worse for the team and considering LeBron James’ workload and his current age (he would clock 37 on Thursday, 30th December 2021), he is becoming quite vulnerable toward wearing down.
However, this doesn’t mean fans should throw in the towel and forgo any hopes for the championship. Despite this gloomy outlook, the Lakers still have the right ingredients for a championship run, however, the replacements of their supporting cast in hope of having a younger roster to get them through the compressed 2020-21 season is looking like a big mistake. The problem doesn’t seem to be with the philosophy but rather who they chose for replacements.
The choice came at the cost of losing some of their depth and youth. While that is the main problem, the Lakers made a more serious mistake afterward. Though they fulfilled perimeter defensive and outside shooting needs, the Lakers only achieved that with way too many veterans which increased their odds of having an injured player. This means more problems for them which is just the opposite of what they need as they struggle at the 7th position in the league table. They also lost another valuable player, Alex Caruso simply because they did not want to pay extra luxury taxes.
The woes the Lakers find themselves this season seem to be of their own doing and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better soon. As of now, their hopes seem to be on the performance of LeBron and AD, but that’s only if they keep playing at their best and healthiest throughout the season.
Based on their current form, the Lakers could most likely finish among the top three in the league. It is not the first time we have seen a team achieve such a feat and with the likes of LeBron still up and running, it should be possible for the Lakers to salvage what’s left of the season and pull off an impressive performance.