Why We Must Not Rush the Lakers Rebuild

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The Los Angeles Lakers are once back to being the talk of the NBA.  Everyone is going to have their DVRs set come October 19th.  However, we are going to have to temper expectations this season.  From a Lonzo Ball coast to coast drive to a Brandon Ingram poster.  Even with coach Luke Walton drawing up his signature sideline out of bounds (SLOB) ATO plays.  There will be growing pains and plenty of them.  With President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson declaring the Lakers are back, in doing so he mean’t they’re back to be relevancy not title contenders. You cannot rush the development of the young players or even with the young coaching staff.  You also have to take into account the organization as a whole is very young and inexperienced.  From Magic Johnson as the President of Basketball Operations to newly hired Jason Rosenfield as the Director of analytics department.  Everyone in the organization is learning on the fly. There are young, smart, and goal-oriented people that are driven to make the Lakers great again. While we hear rumor after rumor that there are several big name free agents looking to make the move to Hollywood.  They won’t make these move unless the young players make huge leaps in development.  Will Lonzo Ball’s struggle to beat his man off the dribble improve?  Will Brandon Ingram’s shot ever come around? Can Kyle Kuzma be counted on to defend or rebound?  These are questions that have to be answered before next July’s free agency period hits.  Laker fans can only hope the rest of the NBA sees enough development to want to join on what they’re building.


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