Last season, the Los Angeles Lakers started the 2022-23 campaign with an ugly and disappointing record of 2-10, which had everyone writing off this team led by the superstar trio of LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook.
Fortunately for the Lakers, the team was able to turn things around after general manager Rob Pelinka made some brilliant moves ahead of the NBA trade deadline and finally parted ways with Westbrook, who never really fit with the team.
Even though the Lakers had to earn the seventh seed in the Western Conference with another Play-In Tournament appearance, Los Angeles proved talented enough to make it to the Western Conference Finals to take on the Denver Nuggets.
Despite getting stomped by the eventual NBA champions, the Lakers doing what they did was incredible, which heightened expectations for this season.
Unfortunately, this season has also gotten off to a slow start, with only three wins in eight games, leading to the same kind of panic from fans, which Joy Taylor of FOX Sports believes is unnecessary, via “Speak” on FS1.
— Speak (@SpeakOnFS1) November 9, 2023
Eight games is entirely too early to judge a team that will play 82 before the regular season is over and done with.
Yes, the Lakers haven’t looked as good as they were hyped up to be during the offseason, but injuries have ravaged this team and haven’t been anywhere near 100%.
If things haven’t changed heading into Christmas, there’s cause for concern, but it’s too early to write the Lakers off.