One other night, one other Los Angeles Lakers loss. Last night, the team that got the very best of them was L.A.’s second-favorite NBA franchise, the Clippers, led in scoring by Paul George, ex-Laker Ivica Zubac, John Wall and Kawhi Leonard. The Lakers nearly mounted an improbable fourth-quarter comeback, however the Clippers did barely enough to win ultimately, 103-97. With the defeat, the Lakers are actually 0-2. And plenty of are blaming team vice chairman Rob Pelinka for his strange roster construction selections during two consecutive offseasons now.
Turner Sports is exploring how best it may use social media to draw the eyeballs of cord cutters and people who generally aren’t involved in watching the sport’s traditional cable broadcast, or at the very least may be curious to see another approach. To that end, it has been trotting out a simulcast NBA on TNT program via Twitter. Last night for the Lakers-Clippers game, we were treated to the insights of three-time Sixth Man of the Yr and former Lob City Clipper Jamal Crawford, former LeBron James teammate Channing Frye, and Taylor Rooks for this format.
All three agreed that this yr’s new-look Lakers roster essentially carried over the 2021-22 roster trend of not surrounding Lakers stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis with teammates who bring out their best and help the club win, specifically close to floor spacing.
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To be fair, James himself acknowledged that his teammates are limited as three-point shooters, in postgame comments following the team’s 10-for-40 long-range performance during its season opener Tuesday, a 123-109 loss to the Golden State Warriors.
Rooks asked Crawford and Frye how this season’s Los Angeles team can “get past” its lack of out of doors jump shooters.
“The word that bothered me with the Lakers last yr was accountability,” Crawford reflected. “I felt like they weren’t accountable from the highest on down, and this yr they’re form of doing the identical thing… What’s different about last yr’s team than this yr’s team, besides a number of names? Nothing! …It’s still the identical issue, so what are we doing?”
“What I’d want is, as a substitute of getting a picture of what you’re thinking that the Lakers are, have a look at what the Lakers need,” Channing Frye chimed in, before adding that Darvin Ham could still maximize the club somewhat. “You recognize what great coaches do? They coach the players that they need to win.”