We’ll analyze three flaws in the Los Angeles Lakers roster that have arisen during the preseason.
The Los Angeles Lakers roster is stocked full of new players. Plus, LA’s entire coaching staff is settling into their first year in Hollywood.
Nobody expects the Lakers to play perfectly during the preseason or throughout the first portion of the regular season. It’s going to take time for all the players to get used to each other and build chemistry. It’s also going to take more than just a few preseason contests for the members of the Purple and Gold to learn Frank Vogel’s schemes on offense and defense.
Therefore, we are not going to worry about the on-court synergy between the Lakers players. Nor will we judge the small mistakes that some of the men on the Purple and Gold have made, because they haven’t had enough time to learn Frank Vogel’s whole system.
Alternatively, we’ll examine some defects that are starting to show in the performance of a few Lakers players.
We all know the Purple and Gold are just playing practice games, and many of the problems we’ve seen can flip once the regular season begins. Still, three members of the Lakers have shown weaknesses throughout the preseason.
Note: We’ll mostly ignore the Lakers fourth preseason game against the Warriors because both teams were primarily resting their starters, and Rajon Rondo didn’t play in that contest.