Last year’s truncated season finally saw a winner: the L.A. Lakers. Entering this season, it looks like those adorned in the purple and gold are favorites to go back-to-back. The Lakers had a productive off-season as they were able to make changes that helps the roster while locking up the centerpieces of the operation.
Teams that are spearheaded by LeBron James hardly ever stay stagnant and this team is no exception. Dwight Howard decided to head to Philly so the Lakers replaced him with last season’s Sixth Man of the Year. Danny Green was traded to OKC and Wes Matthews was brought in to fill his minutes. Rajon Rondo became a free agent and L.A. plugged that hole quickly by bringing in Dennis Schroder. Marc Gasol signed once Javale McGee was traded and Markieff Morris was brought back in after a strong season as well. There are going to be new faces in Los Angeles this season, but I don’t expect the results to be all that different. The Lakers should run the West again and may end up with another title come season’s end.
With as much optimism as there should be surrounding the team, there are some concerns. The Lakers just finished up their season a couple of months ago. They didn’t get to rest much before having to ramp up for the beginning of the year and I think that’ll take a toll. Anthony Davis has seen his share of injuries; it could be hard for him to avoid a couple of stints on the injured list if he is more fatigued. LeBron has been a machine to this point in his career, but father time catches up to everyone eventually. James has already said he is going to take it easy in the beginning, easing his way back in. I’m sure the Lakers will be careful when and how they play their stars, but this is uncharted territory and could get messy. I’m not too worried, though. This is LeBron we’re talking about.