Lakers are 10-17, we were 10-10 prior to this rough skid. Preseason expectations of winning 30 games and growing together as a young team, turned into fighting for the 8th playoff seed expectations after an encouraging start to the season. Then the reality of the NBA season kicked the Lakers right in the nuts, injuries unfolded, shooting slumps occurred, and the lack of consistency on the defensive end has put us out of games early. D'Angelo Russell and Nick Young aka our starting back court was out with injury for the majority of the losing streak. Even with them back the last two games they've been playing limited minutes, so they haven't been able to contribute their normal level of play yet. I couldn't be any further from a panic, yes we're on a bad losing streak, and we haven't been playing good basketball whatsoever. The thing is we're a young team, growing pains are part of the process, we have a good bench, Luol Deng needs to find a role on this team, and flourish in it because he's been the definition of inconsistent, but panicking is completely irrational. Last year we didn't get our tenth win until February, it's December and we have 10 wins, so we're already a helluva a lot better than last season.
Obviously a long 7 game road trip is not ideal when you're in a funk like this, but it's the association, it's an 82 game grind, and these young studs need to grow accustomed to that. Brandon Ingram, the second overall pick, has a long way to go before he's a star in this league. He's not assertive or aggressive by any means and to be completely honest he's never going to be anything in this league if he doesn't pack on at least 25 pounds. Russell, Randle, and Clarkson I'm completely sold on, they're already good players, with the chemistry they'll build playing together, and gaining experience this will be one of the best cores in basketball in a few years. If Ingram pans out that'll just put us in an even better position to create a dominate dynasty. Don't worry Laker fans, the Lake Show 2.0 is just getting started.