On Monday October 3, a Los Angeles Lakers He will play basketball. It will be the first time we’ve seen purple and gold on Earth since April 10, after which the first off-season has been treated to a normal length since the summer of 2019, torturing us all summer with questions about whether or not Russell Westbrook will be traded.
After a combative and toxic exit interview that came a day after the season’s finale in April, it looked almost certain we’d seen the last Westbrook in a purple and gold jersey. But with Rob Pelinka and the team unwilling to trade first-round picks for his signature, the “Big Three” are back again, Play it again.
However, even if expectations about this team’s championship aspirations are bleak, there is still at least some hope of improvement from last season, a campaign that saw the Lakers finish 11th in the Western Conference, and from the outside looking at play. Competition. Hopefully, those improvements start sooner rather than later, and as a result, Monday’s game against the Sacramento Kings – and preparation for the entire season. – The team shouldn’t view them as mere show games.
The season starts now
However… that was then and this is now. And boy, a lot has changed since those great times.
Now, the Lakers have a three-point core that includes LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook, who only played 21 regular season games together despite the fact that they will start their second campaign as a group on Monday.
The parts of the roster surrounding them are new, with the elderly members of the 2021-22 roster being replaced by young, but mostly unproven players as well as a man the Big Three of Patrick Beverly know.
On October 18, the Lakers will open the season against defending champion Warriors before playing a potential juggernaut in the Clippers, Trail Blazers, Nuggets and Timberwolves.
The Lakers think they are underdogs in every one of these season openers, and given the terrible feelings of last season and this summer the team will be out of, a 0-5 start couldn’t have happened if they had a better one than last season.
For this reason, work begins now.
Head coach Darvin Hamm and the Lakers need to build continuity between parts of their roster more than ever. This may be more important than winning the actual pre-season matches, however, going 0-6 in these matches as they did last season can’t happen either.
Creating chemistry off the court can be just as important as chemistry on the court, and to show those good vibes in the locker room it’s important to get some rewards. LeBron James might realize this just like everyone else, as he said that day He plans to play in more games before the season this year Compared to last season (LeBron appeared in three out of six pre-season 2021-22 games).
To get off on the right foot, the Lakers will have to first pass through the Sacramento Kings. Due to the match as well as pre-season conditions, this game will not be very noticeable to fans across the federation.
But for Lakers fans, coaches and players themselves, this could carry the same weight as next season’s opener.
Notes and updates
- The Lakers released their injury report on Sunday, and Anthony Davis will likely play despite a tight back Kept him out of part of the open team training on Saturday.
- Lonnie Walker IV (left ankle sprain) took part in full decade practice on Saturday, however, he was tied up for most of the first week of boot camp, and will sit out Monday as a result. Troy Brown Jr – who was limited to singles workouts on Saturday – also came out of lower back pain.
- Dennis Schroeder remains out of the US as of Saturday due to visa issues that occurred after his impressive Eurobasket career, so he will not play on Monday either. Dave McMenamin from ESPN It reported that Hamm indicated that he is expected to join the team later this week.
- There doesn’t seem to be any noticeable injury news with the Kings. In terms of appetizers, Jason Anderson reported from Sacramento B This head coach Mike Brown started at De’Aaron Fox, Domantas Sabonis and Harrison Barnes as starters for this season.
- About the league, preparation for the season has already begun! The Warriors and Wizards both finished playing two games around the world in Japan, while Grizzlies and the Bucks played last night. Three games will take place on Sunday, with five games (including the Lakers) on Monday which is when the majority of teams across the league will start participating.
The Lakers and Kings will be out at 7:30 p.m. PT on Monday. You can watch the game locally on Spectrum SportsNet and nationwide on NBA TV.