The Los Angeles Lakers’ Oddball Roster, Surprisingly Worked
The Los Angeles Lakers are on a roll.
What many expected to be a lackluster, and sub-standard roster, turned out to be working better than expected.
Back when the season was just beginning, many speculated that at best, the Lakers will just be a fringe playoff team that would play around 6th, 7th or 8th seed in a very competitive Western Conference.
The reason is the oddball players that the team have decided to sign players like Rajon Rondo, Michael Beasley and Lance Stephenson, which are all contemptous players. Moreover, pundits also think that LeBron could deter the growth of the team’s young players such as Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart.
But apparently, that is not that case as the Lakers have 11 out of their last 13 games, including a convincing win against the San Antonio Spurs last time with a score of 120-113.
The combination surprisingly worked, which, if you think about it hard, isn’t surprising at all.
And now, the Lakers are winning. Though LeBron is still the major factor in these wins, his teammates have still managed to eke out a balanced performance.
Tyson Chandler, their latest addition to the team last November, managed to reignite and upgrade the Lakers’ defense. Moreover, Kuzma is proving to be the second banana that LeBron has been looking for as he, more or less, contributes on the score board consistently.
In fact, Kuzma seemed to be James’ favourite with the two having a link of 2.2 assists per game, as well as one-three point make. In short, everyone, and we mean everyone on the team is doing what they are supposed to do.
Who knew that this group led by James, would have a better record than the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Utah Jazz, and last season’s leader, Houston Rockets? No one, we’re sure. But it’s happening and it is very real.
Watch the highlights of their game against the Spurs below.
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