The Lakers should be a playoff team. Heck, they should be one of the main competitors of the Warriors for the NBA title.
When Golden State takes on Los Angeles this Thursday night, it's clear that things have not gone as expected for the Lakers.
The warriors did their part. In the meantime, the Lakers will extend their longest play-off drought in the franchise history.
How did the Lakers come here? How come? These are questions that Dave McMenamin from ESPN wanted to answer at the end of last month when it became clear that the first season of the Lakers with LeBron James was a waste.
McMenamin cites several reasons for the failed rise of the Lakers, including a poor roster construction, dysfunction in the front office and locker room and a lot of unfortunate injuries. But McMenamin looks back on a particular event as the first catalyst for the Lakers' failures this season and has to do with a player who will not be in Los Angeles on Thursday: Paul George.
George, a Southern State It was believed that the native Californian was a logical star mating with James in purple and gold. When George signed again with the Oklahoma City Thunder last summer, he set the wheels in motion for the current state of the Lakers.
According to McMenamin, George was partially dismissed by the Lakers as a result of a former deflector
"George never gave the Lakers the chance to shoot," recalls McMenamin. "But he had plenty of information about the inner workings of the Lakers at their disposal, without ever hearing a word from Magic Johnson." For example, George played in Oklahoma City with Corey Brewer in the second half of the 201
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It This is unlikely to be the only reason George chose to stay in Oklahoma City, but in any case he is not with the Lakers. The thunder goes into the playoffs, and the Lakers are not.
How different would the current NBA landscape be if George came to James in Los Angeles? Maybe we'll never know thanks to Brewer.