The hype around the Lakers going into the 2019 NBA season can be best said by Gordon Ramsey as overdone. While Anthony Davis is one of the best players at his position and Lebron James is pretty good at that basketball thing, the Lakers are not equipped to take on the West, let alone win the Larry O’Brian Trophy in June. They simply do not have the talent to go all the way this season.
Second is First Loser
The Lakers are a great team on paper. Any team that has Lebron James on it will win a game or two. Not to mention the overhaul this past summer. One of the most historic franchises in all of sports added incredible talent, bringing in 6x All-Star, 3x All-Defense, 2012-13 All-Rookie PF Anthony Davis. They also acquired C Demarcus “Boogie” Cousins, F/G Danny Green, and veteran journey-man C Dwight Howard. On paper they look terrific however, compared to the rest of the Western Conference, they are not that impressive as a team. Look no farther than the L.A. Clippers. Not only are the Lakers not the best team in the West, they are not even the best team in L.A. They face a Clippers team consisting of SF/G Paul George, SF Kawhi “The Claw” Leonard, and SG Lou Williams. Not to mention that they are coached by the renowned Doc Rivers. While they may not have “The King” or “The Brow” or “Boogie”, they do have one thing: Chemistry. The Clippers’ roster has bought into the system that Doc Rivers has laid out for them and now they have two superstars in George and Leonard. The Lakers on the other hand… well, we will save that for later.
Bitter Rivals of the North
To clarify, the Warriors’ Steph Curry and Lebron James rivalry is overplayed. It is nothing more than a broken record at this point. Of the three meetings that the Cavaliers and Warriors had, the Cavs won 1 of 3 and dropped off. The end. This will not revive the rivalry of the two superstars, however it will definitely be interesting to see if the Golden State Warriors can still defeat Lebron on his new and improved team. The Warriors will always be the King’s nightmare, as they can and will dominate his team every season, with the exception of a 3-1 series comeback for Lebron to win the NBA title. If the Lakers are able to get past the Clippers, the Nuggets, or even the Rockets, they will have to pump their brakes when they face the superior Golden State Warriors, as they eclipse the sight of a possible championship for James.
Dumpster Fire of a Locker Room
Lebron James might not be the greatest character to have in the war room, as he essentially commands the team himself, pushing whatever coach is apart of the staff to the side. Now the locker room has Demarcus “Boogie” Cousins: one of the most toxic players in the NBA. There is a reason franchises do not keep him for very long, and it is not the fact that his production is plummeting, however that does impact his role drastically on the roster. No, it is the fact that he can not get along with any teammate on any roster. He is among the greatest locker room cancers, with the likes of Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Jimmy Butler. The superstar tandem of Boogie and Anthony Davis in New Orleans created a difficult matchup for any team entering the Smoothie King Center. Boogie’s poor behavior and attitude on and off the court drove the two into going their separate ways. Now reunited on the same roster again, it will be interesting to see if they can both reignite the star power, or explode into a supernova.
Super-teams are Overrated
The Taco Tuesday’s will only keep the band together for so long before they start having their own agendas for this team. Without a coach that can take command of this roster, the players will eventually start to butt heads, and there will be no agreement for being on the same page or game-plans, because this is a super-team. Super-teams do not have discipline, or strategies. They simply use their talent to beat their opponents. When that does not work, there is no one to reorganize the team and develop a new strategy. As soon as the Lakers face a disciplined team with incredible talent, let’s call them the Golden State Warriors, they will break down, and they will not be able to fix themselves. Take the Toronto Raptors into consideration. They were by no means, a Super-team. They were a disciplined, hard-working team that worked together to complete their final chapter of winning an NBA Title. All of the money going into the Lakers, will be for nothing. Lebron will be bounced out of the playoffs and, once again, be forced to watch another team hoist the Larry O’Brian Trophy. Expect the Lakers to make the playoffs, but do not make the mistake of thinking this team can, let alone will, win it all.