The Lakers wrapped up preseason play against the Kings and lost again to close out the exhibition games at 0-6. The last time the Lakers went winless at 0-8 was in 2012-13, when all the hype came with the team when Steve Nash and Dwight Howard joined Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol.
The Los Angeles Lakers finished a tough preseason without winning a single game. The purple and gold went winless in six matches, raising a lot of eyebrows around Lakers Nation. It's true that they parted ways with players from last season's roster, but the team landed several pieces that made them title favorites.
For all the maneuvers the Lakers have made this past offseason, there still seems to be many question marks as we head into the season. Sports Illustrated own Chris Mannix recently came out with a piece where anonymous scouts gave their thoughts on how all 30 NBA teams would fare this year.
LeBron James has gone on record saying he doesn’t care about the preseason: “I care more about the practice court than I care about preseason games. You get out there and play rotations, and you’re trying to figure out things of that nature.
Say it ain’t so. FiveThirtyEight came out with some preseason projections for all NBA teams and the numbers do not seem to favor the Lakers at all. The Lakers are currently projected to finish with a 42-40 record, with a 50% likelihood to miss the playoffs and only a 4% chance of making the Finals.
The Lakers are still not sure who they will add with the two-way contract they opened up by cutting undrafted rookie Joel Ayayi. Joel Ayayi joined the Lakers with about as much hype as an undrafted rookie can accrue.
James had high praise for Reaves after Thursday’s preseason loss to the Sacramento Kings. The 22-year-old guard filled up the stat sheet with five points, five rebounds and seven assists off the bench.
The good news is that the Los Angeles Lakers are at least consistent, going 0-6 during the preseason. On Thursday night, the Lakers had one last chance to snatch a win, but fell to the Sacramento Kings, 116-112.
The Lakers were more focused on their overall development as a team than the final score of each game. The Lakers’ winless record in the preseason has already caused some buzz about the team’s current state.
The greatest basketball players in history have always been characterized by things that make them special. A supernatural talent, an unbreakable mentality, an obsession with training, or simply an ability to shine like no one else.
The Lakers played their best preseason game last night, despite their loss to the Kings. It can be argued that Coach Frank Vogel threw the white flag early to save minutes for his stars, but a loss is a loss. Basketball is a game of runs, and the Lakers getting outscored 35-23 in the first quarter sealed the Lakers' fate.
Russell Westbrook will have high hopes for the Los Angeles Lakers this season. The Long Beach, California native will be competing at home for the first time, with a state that supports and believes in him. But the one who has the most confidence in his game is himself.